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Detritus
Issue #603
Week of August 8, 2011
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-I was shocked to wake up this morning to the news of Jani Lane’s passing. We all heard the stories about his poor health in recent years, but still. R.I.P. – Tim

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-Dream Theater Update

[Note: This is from the band’s e-mail newsletter. – Tim]

Special Versions Of A DRAMATIC TURN OF EVENTS

Band To Tour North America This Fall

NEW YORK, NY — Dream Theater, who were recently voted one of the top 10 Prog Rock bands of all time by RollingStone.com readers, will return with A DRAMATIC TURN OF EVENTS, on September 13th. The band is armed with one of the most powerful efforts of their storied, iconic career.

The album marks the recorded debut of new drummer Mike Mangini, which fans are clamoring to hear. Roadrunner Records will issue the release in multiple versions that will be sure to delight the band’s disciple-like fan base.

In addition to the standard version, a special edition CD/DVD set will include “The Spirit Carries On” — a 60-minute movie documenting Dream Theater’s much-discussed drummer auditions; a double LP Set in gatefold jacket; and a Limited Deluxe Collector’s Edition Box Set. The A DRAMATIC TURN OF EVENTS Deluxe Collector’s Edition Box Set includes A DRAMATIC TURN OF EVENTS Album; instrumentals of the entire album; a DVD of “The Spirit Carries On;” a double-LP Set of A DRAMATIC TURN OF EVENTS (180-Gram Vinyl in Gatefold Jacket); Dream Theater branded custom turntable slipmat; litho print of album. Also, 50 lucky winners will find a Dream Theater “Ticket For Life,” which is randomly inserted into packaging.

All the content will be housed in a custom Box and those who purchase will receive a digital download of the album the day prior to release.

“It’s a really cool collection dedicated to the art and music of our forthcoming release along with a few awesome goodies,” guitarist John Petrucci said.

http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/dreamtheaterdeluxe

Dream Theater are also planning to embark on a massive world tour, where they will play selections from A DRAMATIC TURN OF EVENTS, as well as classic, staples and fan favorites. Label mates Trivium will support on both dates supporting their new album IN WAVES.

“We are all very pumped about the release of A DRAMATIC TURN OF EVENTS this September as well as the world tour we’ll embark upon in support of the album,” said Petrucci. “Our first leg will bring us throughout North America where we’ll showcase songs from the new album along with tons of fan favorites and a brand new tour production unlike any other that we’ve done before. We’re equally excited to have our friends in Trivium join us as well. It’s sure to be an incredible tour. We’re looking forward to seeing all of our friends on the road this fall!”

The initial confirmed run of dates is below, with more to be announced imminently.

Sept. 24 – San Francisco, CA – The Warfield (With Trivium)
Sept. 25 – Los Angeles, CA – Nokia Theater (With Trivium)
Sept. 27 – Seattle, WA – Showbox SODO (With Trivium)
Sept. 28 – Vancouver, BC – Queen Elizabeth Theatre (With Trivium)
Oct. 3 – Royal Oak, MI – Royal Oak Music Theatre
Oct. 4 – Pittsburgh, PA – Trib Total Media Amphitheatre (With Trivium)
Oct. 6 – Toronto, ON – Massey Hall (With Trivium)
Oct. 7 – Montreal, QC – Place des Arts (With Trivium)
Oct. 8 – Quebec City, QC – Pavilion de la Jeunesse (With Trivium)
Oct. 10 – Boston, MA – Orpheum Theatre (With Trivium)
Oct. 11 – Morristown, NJ – Mayo Performing Arts Center (flat) (With Trivium)
Oct. 12 – New York, NY – Beacon Theatre (With Trivium)
Oct. 22 – Cleawater, FL – Ruth Eckerd Hall
Oct. 25 – Houston, TX – Verizon Wireless Theater (With Trivium)
Oct. 26 – Austin, TX – Paramount Theatre Austin (With Trivium)

For more information on ticketing, tour dates and onsales, please go here.

http://www.dreamtheater.net/tourdates.php

The track listing for A DRAMATIC TURN OF EVENTS is as follows; please note that the title of track five has changed from the previously announced version.

1. On The Backs Of Angels
2. Build Me Up, Break Me Down
3. Lost Not Forgotten
4. This Is The Life
5. Bridges In The Sky
6. Outcry
7. Far From Heaven
8. Breaking All Illusions
9. Beneath The Surface

About Dream Theater:

Progressive metal band Dream Theater formed in 1985 under the name Majesty by John Petrucci, John Myung and Mike Portnoy. Though a number of lineup changes followed, the three original members remained together along with James LaBrie and Jordan Rudess until September 8, 2010, when Mike Portnoy left the band. In October 2010, the band held auditions for a new drummer, and added Mike Mangini to its roster.

Dream Theater’s tenth studio album, BLACK CLOUDS & SILVER LININGS (Roadrunner Records), was released on June 23, 2009. It entered the US Billboard 200 at #6 and Eurochart Hot 100 at #1, marking their highest entry on either chart. BLACK CLOUDS & SILVER LININGS — a highlight of their 25-year career — was praised by Mojo magazine’s Paul Elliott: “…their lofty ideals remain intact. By modern criteria, BLACK CLOUDS & SILVER LININGS is as highbrow as The Mars Volta, as grandiose as Muse and as heavy as Metallica.”

The legendary progressive metal masters have sold in excess of 10 million records and DVDs worldwide.

Dream Theater Meet & Greet and VIP Packages

Dream Theater meet & greet and VIP packages will be available for all North American tour dates at:

http://vipnation.com/programs/dream-theater

For more information please visit the official website at:

http://www.dreamtheater.net/

Get the latest Dream Theater updates on Twitter at:

http://twitter.com/dreamtheaternet

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-British Metal Greats, Saxon, Announce US Release Of CALL TO ARMS

One of the leading bands of the “New Wave of British Heavy Metal” movement, Saxon, is about to hit the US shores hard once more. On September 27th, Saxon will release their 19th studio album overall, CALL TO ARMS (via UDR Music/EMI), and starting the following day, will launch a Stateside tour. And as evidenced by such ass-kickers as “Hammer Of The Gods” and “Call To Arms,” the group hasn’t lost their grip on composing hard-hitting yet anthemic heavy metal with their latest offering.

Comprised of members Biff Byford (vocals), Doug Scarratt (guitar), Paul Quinn (guitar), Nibbs Carter (bass), and Nigel Glockler (drums), Saxon is responsible for penning some of the 1980s’ most enduring metal anthems, including “Wheels Of Steel,” “Strong Arm Of The Law,” “Motorcycle Man,” “Princess Of The Night,” and “Never Surrender,” and along with the likes of Iron Maiden and Def Leppard, helped breathe life back into a metal scene that many had left for dead at the time.

It’s been 35 years since Saxon was originally up and running, and the group can still easily hold their own with the headbanging competition. “It’s important to keep one foot in the past and one foot very much in the present,” says Byford. “At some points in your life, whether you’re younger or older, you do have these wonderful periods of ‘state of graceness’ where everyone likes everything you write. But you can’t keep being your own tribute band, you have to try and write great new songs, and you have to try to appeal to a younger audience. Saxon has been successfully doing that for the last decade, and the result is we still have our old fan base but we also have a whole new, younger one too.”

Saxon’s latest video clip, for the song “Call To Arms,” premiered Friday, August 5th at noon EST on America Online Noisecreep. And hardcore Saxon fans will surely be interested in tracking down the digi-pak version of CALL TO ARMS, as it includes a glorious bonus — a free seven-track CD, LIVE AT DONINGTON 1980.

Soon, US fans will be able to recapture “The Power And The Glory” of Saxon all over again — with the release of CALL TO ARMS, and on a concert stage near you.

For more information, visit:
http://www.saxon747.com/
http://saxon.udr-music.com/

CALL TO ARMS Track Listing:
1. Hammer Of The Gods
2. Back In ’79
3. Surviving Against The Odds
4. Mists Of Avalon
5. Call To Arms
6. Chasing The Bullet
7. Afterburner
8. When Doomsday Comes (Hybrid Theory)
9. No Rest For The Wicked
10. Ballad Of The Working Man
11. Call To Arms – orchestral version

Digi-pak Bonus Feature:
LIVE AT DONINGTON 1980 [Re-mixed and re-mastered from original multitrack tape]
1. Motorcycle Man
2. Still Fit To Boogie
3. Freeway Mad
4. Backs To The Wall
5. Wheels Of Steel
6. Bap Shu Ap
7. 747 (Strangers In The Night)

Tour Dates:
9-28-11 – Key Club, West Hollywood, CA
9-29-11 – Last Day Saloon, Santa Rosa, CA
9-30-11 – Avalon, Santa Clara, CA
10-1-11 – The Boardwalk, Orangevale, CA
10-2-11 – Galaxy Theatre, Santa Ana, CA
10-5-11 – Club Red, Tempe, AZ
10-7-11 – Sunken Gardens, San Antonio, TX
10-8-11 – The Arcada Theatre, St. Charles, IL
10-10-11 – Foufounes Electriques, Montreal, QC
10-13-11 – B.B. Kings, New York, NY
10-14-11 – Jaxx, Springfield, VA
10-15-11 – Bourbon Street, Baltimore, MD

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-Magic Circle Music Update

[Note: This combines two updates. – Tim]

Manowar BATTLE HYMNS 2011 UK/Ireland Tour – Tickets Now On Sale!

Tickets for Manowar’s forthcoming UK/Ireland tour are on sale on http://www.metalhammer.co.uk/manowar .

You will then be able to buy your tickets as a ‘stand-alone’ option (‘Ticket ‘n Track’), or as part of one of the power packs (as long as stocks last).

Only through the Metal Hammer UK website will you receive a FREE download of a brand new, unreleased Manowar song with every ticket purchase AND find the lowest booking fees!

In addition to this new ‘Ticket ‘n Track’ option all previously offered power packs remain available.

The full selection in the Metal Hammer UK/Manowar store as of August 5, 2011 will be:

NEW: Manowar BATTLE HYMNS 2011 UK/Ireland Ticket ‘n Track
– Ticket for the Manowar concert of your choice during the UK/Ireland Tour
– Download of a brand new, unreleased new studio track from Manowar’s upcoming studio album

Manowar King Of Metal Pack UK
– Ticket for the Manowar concert of your choice during the UK/Ireland Tour
– Ultimate Fan Pass (for detailed description follow the link)
– Download of a brand new, unreleased new studio track from Manowar’s upcoming studio album
– BATTLE HYMNS 2011 Special Edition CD
– Metal Hammer UK 25th Anniversary Special Edition — Limited Manowar issue. Packed with exclusive features from Metal Hammer’s 25 year history and the full story behind BATTLE HYMNS MMXI Special Edition.

Manowar Warrior Pack UK
– Ticket for the Manowar concert of your choice during the UK/Ireland Tour
– Download of a brand new, unreleased new studio track from Manowar’s upcoming studio album
– BATTLE HYMNS 2011 Special Edition CD
– Metal Hammer UK 25th Anniversary Special Edition — Limited Manowar issue. Packed with exclusive features from Metal Hammer’s 25 year history and the full story behind BATTLE HYMNS MMXI Special Edition.

Manowar Battle Pack UK
– BATTLE HYMNS 2011 Special Edition CD
– Metal Hammer UK 25th Anniversary Special Edition — Limited Manowar issue. Packed with exclusive features from Metal Hammer’s 25 year history and the full story behind BATTLE HYMNS MMXI Special Edition.

Manowar Announce Final Appearance For BATTLE HYMNS 2011 Tour!

The voices of the Manowar fans in the US have been heard once again!

Manowar will shake the ground of the Starland Ballroom in New Jersey on November 19, 2011 before re-entering the studio to finish their new record!

This is a call to arms for every fan in NYC, Philadelphia, Connecticut, the rest of the US and from all over the world!

This is your last chance to see the Kings Of Metal on US soil before they continue working on their new studio album. Get ready to have your faces melted with the sound of pure, true heavy metal!

The band will perform the BATTLE HYMNS album in its entirety, plus many other favorite classics!

Special guests HolyHell will appear with their electrifying blend of rock & metal.

Tickets are on sale on http://www.ticketmaster.com/ .

Upcoming BATTLE HYMNS 2011 Tour Dates:

Tue, Nov 1, 2011 – O2 Academy Glasgow – Glasgow, Scotland, UK
Fri, Nov 4, 2011 – O2 Academy Leeds – Leeds, England, UK
Sat, Nov 5, 2011 – O2 Academy Brixton – London, England, UK
Sun, Nov 6, 2011 – The Great Hall – Cardiff, Wales, UK
Wed, Nov 9, 2011 – The Academy – Dublin, Ireland
Thu, Nov 10, 2011 – Mandela Hall – Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK
Sat, Nov 19, 2011 – Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ, USA

Join us on http://www.facebook.com/manowar , http://www.metalhammer.co.uk , and http://www.facebook.com/holyhell for constant updates.

Magic Circle Music
http://www.magiccirclemusic.com/

Manowar
http://www.manowar.com/
http://www.facebook.com/manowar

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-Blind Guardian Work With An Orchestra On A Monumental Concept Album!

Busy seasons are usually harbingers of great things to come. Festivals, regular studio work and, above all, the orchestral album are making this a very exciting summer for us. Let’s keep the focus on the orchestral album one more time. We have spectacular news!

Every orchestral project needs a concept and such a concept demands a great story. To get a story that fits together perfectly with our majestic music we are joining forces with Germany’s best fantasy author Markus Heitz (check out his “Die Zwerge” (“The Dwarves”) series). Markus is one of my favorite writers of “high fantasy.” I have been really amazed by several of his books over the last years but was finally and completely convinced about him being the perfect choice for our project by “Gerechter Zorn” (“Righteous Wrath”) — the first part of his newest trilogy, “Die Legenden Der Albae” (“Legends Of The Albae”). The way he weaves in different aspects to his splendid universe immediately told me that the quest for the one to come up with the right story for our music was over. Although the final completion of this quite unusual cooperation most probably will keep us busy until 2013, things nonetheless become clearer the more we exchange ideas. The creation of a great new storyboard and the involvement of such a suitable concept are the perfect frame for this “soundtrack/musical-like” anthems we have come up with over the years. It is absolutely great that Markus is willing to follow us on such an ambitious voyage.

One very interesting aspect certainly is the definite intention to combine the identity of our music (in a quite different shape) with one of Markus’ most famous, but not completely discovered, worlds and its heroes. I have no doubt that we will design great new images and come up with nothing but pure magic. Luckily Markus was very familiar with our band and music. Since he is part of the fantasy scene almost as long as we are, he grew up with our music when he was a die-hard fantasy role-playing gamer in the ’80s and ’90s. This, of course, makes my life far easier in exchanging ideas and in explaining what we need to complete a perfect conceptual album. There is so much interaction: at one point it is the music dictating the story at other points it is the story having an ultimate impact on the album’s completion. Pure creativity! In addition Markus is a very nice and down to earth person who has a very special view on things. Last but not least he has been very pleased with the pieces of music we provided him with. By now I can feel a certain jealousy coming up within you. We will keep you updated. The journey has just begun.

http://www.blind-guardian.com/

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-Warrant Update

Check out WarrantRocks.com for all our tour dates, Thanks!

Aug 12th – Ralph Engelstad Arena – Grand Forks, ND
Aug 13th – Prairie Knights Casino – Fort Yates, ND
Aug 17th – UP State Fair – Escanaba, MI

Warrant Web Store Exclusive!

We’ve signed a limited number of ROCKAHOLIC CDs — get ’em with a new shirt OR rare glow in the dark ROCKAHOLIC tour guitar picks!
http://bit.ly/os8TC4

Warrant Has Partnered With The A3 Network Apps!

Warrant wants to connect more closely with their active fan-base. The A3 Network Apps provide a portal that the artists can use to reach out and provide personalized rich media updates directly to their closest fans.

The A3 Network is FREE for the iPad and iPod with a subscription based optional service that allows fans to join a more elite group of like fans with access to receive exclusive updates on a regular basis that can only be seen on the Warrant A3 app.
http://allaccessapp.com/

The band has been touring all summer long on the ROCKAHOLIC tour playing for thousands and thousands of Hard Rock fans all over the United States with other bands like Poison, Whitesnake, Journey, Cinderella, Skid Row, Great White, FireHouse, L.A. Guns and more!

There are tour dates booked through December with more being added weekly, so check the WarrantRocks.com website for updated tour information from time to time, Thanks!

The band is currently discussing video concepts with their record label for the next single off of ROCKAHOLIC called “Home.”

The first single and video “Life’s A Song” is available on iTunes with other classic Warrant videos.

http://itunes.apple.com/us/music-video/lifes-a-song/id441743232

You can check out the band talking about the making of ROCKAHOLIC too!

WarrantRocks.com

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-Edguy Vs. Robin Hood!

Edguy have just returned from the video shoot for “Robin Hood,” the opening track from Edguy’s forthcoming Album AGE OF THE JOKER (release August 26th). Video director Oliver Sommer (Avantasia, Nena, Helloween…) and the band decided to satirize the Errol Flynn version “The Adventures Of Robin Hood.” The miniature epic was shot in the forest with a large number of additional actors, starring German TV comedian Bernhard Hoecker in two different leading roles a.o..

Tobias says: “When you decide to do things like that of course you have to be aware that you will most likely make a fool out of yourself. We had to wear tights and looked a bit like four idiots and one transvestite. But we have come to a point we don’t care so much anymore. We feel like being in a luxury position where the record label gives us a lot of money to waste for really silly things like sneaking through the forest and looking like idiots. The shooting was one of the funniest days in our career, and that means something. Although it was hard work — the rain, the mud, soaking wet tights, angry horses, carriage, a lot of travesty, sword fighting and hurting smile muscles. You gotta check it out!”

The single “Robin Hood” was released August 5th and is available as a download and on green vinyl.

The video version of the song was cut down to 5 minutes, but the album version has a running time of more than 8 minutes.

http://www.edguy.net/

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-Gotthard: Live Album HOMEGROWN – ALIVE IN LUGANO!

“Lugano was where it all began and so the circle is closed there”

LUGANO — Gotthard releases the previously announced and long-awaited live album entitled HOMEGROWN – ALIVE IN LUGANO on the 30th of September.

On the 2nd of September, a previously unreleased track entitled “The Train” with Steve Lee on vocals will be published.

HOMEGROWN – ALIVE IN LUGANO contains a live recording of the band’s concert on the 17th of July 2010 in Lugano, which was one of the last concerts with vocalist Steve Lee, who tragically died during a motorbike trip through the USA on the 5th of October 2010 in an accident which was not his fault. Due to the sudden accidental death of Steve Lee, the CD’s release was postponed.

“Lugano was where it all began and so the circle is closed of all that we’ve experienced with our friend Steve Lee,” comments bassist Marc Lynn. “The memories of the past 20 years on stage with Steve are brought again to life intensively with this album. They reflect the memorable times that we were able to enjoy on the Mount Olympus of Rock ‘n’ Roll.”

The concert in Lugano took place during the local HOG Rally, a big annual event organized by Harley Davidson bikers. This gig in Lugano meant a lot to Gotthard. Being able to play for the Harley circle in their hometown was an unforgettable experience. All the Gotthard musicians are enthusiastic Harley-Davidson bikers themselves and perform for the purposes of such events on every occasion or take part in rallies. In addition, HOMEGROWN was one of the very few concerts where Gotthard played in their hometown Lugano.

“Steve was warmer and more cheerful than he had been in a long time,” guitarist Freddy Scherer remembers. “The chemistry between him and the audience couldn’t have been more intense, despite the fact that there were more than 20,000 people standing on the piazza. It is a stroke of good luck that we recorded this memorable concert, for unfortunately it was one of the last ones with Steve.”

“Music has allowed us to travel round the whole world together during the last 20 years,” guitarist Leo Leoni summarizes. “In doing so, we’ve shared lots of unforgettable moments that rank among the best times of our lives. Anyhow, returning to Lugano has always been something special. It’s the place we belong to and where we have strong and deep roots.”

HOMEGROWN – ALIVE IN LUGANO marks the end of an era for Gotthard. Currently, the band is searching for a new singer and will soon start a new chapter in the band’s history…

http://www.gotthard.com/

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-Sonata Arctica: New Live DVD LIVE IN FINLAND!

Finnish Metal wolves Sonata Arctica are howling again — namely in the form of a new live DVD! LIVE IN FINLAND shows the full concert which was played on the 15th of April 2011 in Club Teatria in Oulu, Finland. Apart from timeless classics à la “Full Moon” or “Letter To Dana,” various tracks of the current album THE DAYS OF GRAYS have found their way into the set list, thus on the DVD as well. This heady mixture of old and new compositions of Sonata Arctica is supplemented by a bonus DVD on which four recorded tracks of the very own Sonata Arctica festival can be found, that took place on the 8th of August 2009 in Kemi. Furthermore, the viewer can enjoy the music videos of “Don’t Say A Word,” “Paid In Full” and “Flag In The Ground” as well as a photo gallery and some “making of’s” that document the DVD’s creation. The enclosed bonus CD with eight audio recordings of the festival concert puts the final touches on this release, so that LIVE IN FINLAND will make each and every Sonata Arctica fan cry tears of joy.

Keyboarder Henrik Klingenberg states: “It’s been a very hot summer here in Finland, and while most people headed to the beach, we’ve been working our asses off editing and compiling our new DVD. This time around we wanted to give you a show from our home country Finland. The main show was filmed at the Teatria club in Oulu, Finland, last April. It showcases Sonata Arctica towards the end of the DAYS OF GRAYS World Tour which started back in 2009. We played a total of over 180 shows in almost 40 countries during the tour. This will be a 2-DVD release with lots of bonuses, we’ll have tour documentaries, ‘making of’s’ as well as music videos and bonus songs from our very own Sonata Arctica Open Air festival, held in our hometown, Kemi in August 2009. Whether you missed us or checked us out during this world tour, this DVD will be the complete guide to what we’ve been up to these past two years. I’m sure you all will enjoy watching this DVD as much as we’ve enjoyed making it. The DAYS OF GRAYS World Tour has been absolutely fantastic and I’m very happy that we’ve managed to capture all the ups and downs on film. You’ll know what I’m talking about when we get this monster package out!”

Convince yourselves! Cutoff date is the 28th of October 2011. Autumn will be colorful — thanks to Sonata Arctica!

http://www.sonataarctica.info/

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-Steelheart Goes To Asia

On July 26, 2011 Steelheart lead by Miljenko Matijevic headed to Asia pumped and ready to rock! They performed three shows in Korea, and one show in Beijing, China, including live TV performances.

Upon arrival in Korea Mili became aware that the Steelheart website was not viewable therefore casting a sadness that Steelheart couldn’t share this awesome tour with all their fans in real time as it was happening. Many people have been diligently working to get the Steelheart website up and viewable globally so they may share with ALL their fans across the globe.

Having contact with Mili I can say the shows have been awesome! A spectacular experience on every stage and the fans have made each show an amazing performance as Steelheart thrived on the energy and excitement of the fans participation and cheers.

This is just a quick press release to update the news of the Asian tour. Soon as Steelheart is in a place with the ability to update their website they will have a lot more information and photos to share with all of you!

Keep an eye on the Steelheart website for more information and photos from the tour!

http://www.steelheart.com/
http://twitter.com/#!/SteelHeart2
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Steelheart-band/164510738182

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-Hell Confirmed For The Sweden Rock Cruise!

The British heavy metal cult band Hell, who’ve had a very successful 2011 with their debut album HUMAN REMAINS, have been confirmed for the Sweden Rock Cruise.

The lineup now consists of the following bands:

Exodus
Anvil
Helix
Dark Funeral
Hell

One more band is to be added to the lineup and will be presented as soon as a booking is confirmed.

Hell (UK)

Pompous, ominous heavy metal with occult overtones. That’s what British band Hell had in stock for their debut album in 1987. Then, two weeks before the recording, their record label folded. Hell split up and singer David Halliday committed suicide. In the following years the legend kept growing through remaining bootleg recordings and in 2008 Hell reformed. The initiator was David’s friend and former guitar pupil, Sabbat guitarist and demon producer Andy Sneap. Classic members Kevin Bower (guitar), Tony Speakman (bass) and Tim Bowler (drums) all joined in and Kevin’s brother David took his departed namesake’s place behind the mic. This year the band finally released their debut album HUMAN REMAINS, consisting exclusively of material written in the ’80s. Public reception has been tremendous, with particular praise to David Bower’s theatrical vocals, totally in Halliday’s spirit. Make sure to be there when Hell’s march of triumph reaches the Sweden Rock Cruise!

Exodus (US)

Exodus is the band who many would herald as the very progenitors of Bay Area thrash metal. They formed in 1980 (initially featuring a certain Kirk Hammett) although their debut BONDED BY BLOOD did not appear until 1985. The album is considered one of the best and most important thrash metal releases ever. More killer albums followed, including the big success FABULOUS DISASTER (1988), before Exodus folded in 1993. In 2004 they caused a sensation on their return with one of the greatest comeback albums in metal history, TEMPO OF THE DAMNED. Four more studio releases later Exodus is once more firmly established on the metal scene. Original members Gary Holt (guitar) and Tom Hunting (drums) are joined by Jack Gibson (bass), Lee Altus (guitar) and not least Rob Dukes, the heir to Exodus’ former legendary front men Paul Baloff (1960-2002) and Steve Souza. Like all great thrash acts Exodus are at their best live. Beware of moshing — the set list is ripe with BONDED BY BLOOD numbers.

Dark Funeral (S)

Dark Funeral is one of the biggest, most influential bands in Swedish black metal history. Their debut album SECRETS OF THE BLACK ARTS (1996) is a timeless classic and the band have risen to a new level of popularity with their most recent efforts ATTERA TOTUS SANCTUS (2005) and ANGELO EXURO PRO ETERNUS (2009). July 2010 saw the departure of Emperor Magus Caligula, vocalist and longest lasting member save founder/guitarist Lord Ahriman. From hundreds of applicants, Dark Funeral have now chosen Nachtgarm as their new front man. A man with a great voice and also a charismatic supermaniac, explains the band. We will now witness the beginning of a new chapter in Dark Funeral’s history, as well as an onslaught of uncompromising aggression.

Anvil (Can)

It took Canada’s Anvil 30 years to become an overnight sensation. The documentary “Anvil! The Story Of Anvil” was one of the most talked-about phenomena of 2009, not only among metalheads. Anvil were best known for METAL ON METAL (1982) and FORGED IN FIRE (1983), two classic heavy metal albums influential to the likes of Metallica, Slayer and Anthrax. Then their career stalled and for many years the band was all but forgotten. Yet the optimism of dynamic duo Steve “Lips” Kudlow (vocals/guitar) and Robb Reiner (drums) never faltered, which made a huge impression on those who watched and loved the documentary. Triggered by the renewed public interest, Anvil have released their best album since their halcyon days, JUGGERNAUT OF JUSTIC. As a live act, they have nothing left to prove — the only difference is that more people than ever come to the shows.

Helix (Can)

In the mid ’80s, Helix were one of the most popular hard-rock acts in Sweden. These Canucks’ biggest hit “Rock You,” from 1984, remains a sing-along anthem at heavy metal parties nationwide. Contrary to popular belief these days, Helix was no one-hit wonder. Songs like “Gimme Gimme Good Lovin’,” “Heavy Metal Love” and “Deep Cuts The Knife” also bear the name of classics — the latter is found on an album that made #1 in Sweden, namely LONG WAY TO HEAVEN (1985). The last time Helix took the stage in Sweden was at Sweden Rock Festival in 2005. This time it’s even more special. There has been a reunion of Helix classic lineup: Brian Vollmer (vocals), Brent Doerner (guitar), Daryl Gray (bass), Greg “Fritz” Hinz (drums), plus Kaleb Duck (guitar) in lieu of the late great Paul Hackman. You will hear the both raunchy and melodic hard rock of Helix presented in exactly the proper fashion — prepare to get floored by a true ’80s knuckle sandwich.

More info at:
http://www.swedenrockcruise.com/

To order your tickets:
http://www.tallinksilja.com/sv/cruises/special/galaxy/swedenRock2011.htm

Tel: 0456-317 95
Fax: 0456-317 94
E-mail: info@swedenrock.com
http://www.swedenrock.com/

Sweden Rock Festival
Norjebokevägen 2
294 76 Sölvesborg
Sweden

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-Sabaton: Free Download And Trailer!

Two and a half weeks before the release of their first live album WORLD WAR LIVE – BATTLE OF THE BALTIC SEA, the Swedish Epic Power Metal combo Sabaton is offering the live version of the THE ART OF WAR hit “Cliffs Of Gallipoli” as a free download! Get that dynamite here:
http://bit.ly/sabatonlive

As another appetizer, the official trailer for the album can be enjoyed here from now on:

It’s anything but a secret that the Swedish six are a stunner on stage. From the middle of August on, WORLD WAR LIVE – BATTLE OF THE BALTIC SEA will provide an authentic concert atmosphere for your living rooms. A release you don’t wanna miss under any circumstances — in stores from the 19th of August on!

Power Of Metal-Tour 2011 w/ Grave Digger, Powerwolf & Skull Fist
07.09. – Vienna / Arena (A)
08.09. – Munich / Backstage (D)
09.09. – Stuttgart / LKA Longhorn (D)
10.09. – Würzburg / Posthalle (D)
11.09. – Eindhoven / Effenaar (NL)
13.09. – Zürich / Volkshaus (CH)
14.09. – Saarbrücken / Garage (D)
15.09. – Hamburg / Markthalle (D)
16.09. – Leipzig / Hellraiser (D)
17.09. – Oberhausen / Turbinenhalle (D)

http://www.sabaton.net/

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-Empires Of Eden Update

[Note: This combines two updates. – Tim]

Empires Of Eden Guitarist Featured On The New Metal For Cancer All-Star Project

Empires Of Eden creator and guitarist Stu Marshall is featured on the upcoming track to support cancer research. The track will be available soon.

From Stu: “Cancer has touched my family and devastates the lives of thousands. It’s a small contribution we can make but something the metal community can get behind.”

Video is here:

The project is created by Richard Ososki (Ofsoski) and features:

SINGERS: Henrik Flyman (Evil Masquerade) : Tony Kakko (Sonata Arctica, Northern Kings) : Mats Leven (Therion, Yngwie Malmsteen) : Apollo Papathanasio (Evil Masquerade, Firewind, Spiritual Beggars) : Snowy Shaw (Therion, Mercyful Fate, Dream Evil) : Tony Mills (TNT, Shy) : Silvio Masaro (Vanishing Point) : Richard Ofsoski (Ofsoski, Sedition)

BASS GUITAR: Mat Sinner (Primal Fear, Sinner, Voodoo Circle, Rock Meets Classic)

GUITARS: Henrik Flyman (Evil Masquerade) : Stu Marshall (Empires Of Eden, Dungeon ) : Glen Drover (Megadeth, Testament, Eidolon)

Check out http://www.empiresofeden.com/ and find the band on Facebook.

Metal For Cancer
http://www.metalforcancer.com/

Melodic Metallers Empires Of Eden Sign With Rock N Growl!

Australian melodic metallers Empires Of Eden has signed a management deal with Rock N Growl for the USA and European territories.

Stu Marshall: “It’s a great pleasure to be associated with Rock N Growl Management. I have been looking for the right partnership and Axel is proven in the industry. There is a lot of exciting developments ahead and look forward to great things.”

Axel/Rock N Growl: “I’m proud and happy to have Empires Of Eden in my roster. Stu Marshall is one of the best guys in the biz with unique guitar work and it’s a pleasure to work with him.”

Forthcoming third Empires Of Eden album:

Although the details of which world-wrecking stars will be featured on the third album are shrouded in contractual secrecy, one name has been revealed so far: Ronny Munroe of Metal Church fame. Considering that Munroe has enlisted Marshall’s cooperation in writing and producing his own forthcoming record, there really wasn’t any way to keep this one quiet. With lush, picturesque orchestral arrangements, bone-crushing riffs, kaleidoscopic soloing and spectacular vocal performances, Empires Of Eden has developed a trademark sound that redefines the concept of epic.

Bio:

From Avantasia to Ayreon and beyond, collaborations in metal typically prove to be more than the sum of their parts. This has been never been more true than in the case of Empires Of Eden, a melodic metal project originating from Sydney, Australia and spanning the entire globe in its unprecedented scope.

Masterminded by former Dungeon guitarist and ESP clinician Stu Marshall, Empires Of Eden is characterized by a massive power metal sound, 30-piece orchestral score, and guest performances from some of the most celebrated musicians in the industry. Proving that neither oceans nor national boundaries are capable of stopping this explosive onslaught, Marshall has enlisted the participation of artists from all corners of the globe to assemble an army of veteran talent like no other.

The debut release SONGS OF WAR AND VENGEANCE raised the bar across the board in several categories of metal: symphonic, collaborative, progressive, melodic and generally groundbreaking. Empires Of Eden’s sophomore effort, REBORN IN FIRE, brought even higher acclaim, consistently scoring 9/10 or higher in reviews worldwide. In addition to Marshall’s uncompromising compositional skills and technical guitar wizardry, the album was reinforced by vocalists who have earned their place in history, such as Mike Vescera (Yngwie Malmsteen / Loudness), Zak Stevens (Savatage / Circle II Circle) and Steve Grimmett (Grim Reaper / Lionsheart) to name just three.

Compared to other collaborative projects of this kind, Empires Of Eden is unique in the extent to which the guest vocalists are involved with the writing of the songs themselves. According to Marshall, although he tailors the instrumental backing to each singer’s individual style and preferred range, “They are completely at liberty to write any lyrics they want, and they pen the vocal melodies themselves, too.” Having so much artistic freedom not only increases the vocalists’ enthusiasm for the project, but also enables them to deliver their best possible performances, unbounded by the usual constraints of the “guest musician” format.

Web:
http://www.empiresofeden.com/
http://www.myspace.com/empiresofeden
http://www.facebook.com/pages/empires-of-eden/214733216513
http://www.twitter.com/empiresofeden
http://www.rockngrowl.com/

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-Lion Music Label & Artist News

[Note: This combines multiple updates. – Tim]

Please find our latest label and artist news below.

Lion Music To Release SILENT OUT LOUD, Sophomore Effort From Finnish Melodic Metal Merchants Grönholm, On 16 September 2011

Artist: Grönholm
Title: SILENT OUT LOUD
Release Date: 16th September 2011
Format: CD / Digital Download
Catalogue: LMC309 / EAN6419922003091
LM Promo Page: http://www.lionmusic.com/cd/silentoutloud.htm

September 16th 2011 sees Grönholm release their sophomore album SILENT OUT LOUD on Lion Music. Home to 10 tracks full of infectious vocal melodies over dynamic musical backdrops, SILENT OUT LOUD is an impressive collection of song craft all topped off with a powerful production and mix.

Grönholm the band is built around the song writing skills of Mika Grönholm (guitar, bass and keyboards) with vocals once again by Markku Kuikka (Status Minor) and drums from Tom Rask. This core trio of musicians are joined by “special guests” Billy Sherwood (ex Yes) and Marco Hietala (Nightwish / Tarot) who add some extra dynamics to backing vocals, and in the case of Sherwood help add his trademark lush “Yes style” vocal harmony sheen to the likes of “Out From The Nest” amongst others.

Whilst the new offering aside from a greater emphasis on guitar has a sound not too dissimilar to its well received predecessor EYEWITNESS OF LIFE. The new album sees Mika take a heavier approach to his song writing utilizing a down tuned B tuning for all stringed instruments. On the change Mika comments, “All the songs on SILENT OUT LOUD are tuned down to low B. Sometimes B-tuning is used for roaring vocals or lighting fast guitar parts, but no, not this time. With this tuning I was seeking more power and energy to my riffs.”

SILENT OUT LOUD’s first six tracks are all up-tempo numbers where the new tuning is given a fine showing between the heavy packed hard rock riffs with some prog influenced melodies. As the album nears its conclusion we see an instrumental offering in “Giant Step” which clears the minds palette for the acoustic flavor that is heard on the final three tracks with album finale “Away” also getting an orchestral arrangement.

Lyrically Mika Gronhölm drew on “silent” thoughts in his head and once put onto paper in lyric form become “out loud,” hence the album’s title.

Writing for the release began in May 2010 and was completed four months later. Mika’s approach was to “Simply sit down and record riffs and ideas to an MP3 player and those riffs that maintain attention on repeated plays get worked on into bodies of songs.” Once the tracks had taken shape the recordings took place in January 2011. In contrast to the debut Tom Rask’s drums were recorded first this time round and Mika then built the final tracks around the drum work. Markku Kuikka recorded his vocals in his home studio in a short three-day stint. March 2011 saw the arrival of the guest vocal tracks from Billy Sherwood (chorus parts on “Cross” and “Out From The Nest”) and Marco Hietala (lead vocals on “Vanity”). The band then had to wait until April 2011 for Janne Tolsa to become available to mix and master and the results show the wait was justified. Mika then mixed the last three songs at his home studio “because they were easy and quick to do.”

In addition a promotional video for the opening track “Cross Of Mind” has been shot and made available on YouTube ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z2hkcklnDD4 ) in the run up to the SILENT OUT LOUD release on 16th September 2011.

CD RUNNING ORDER
1. Cross Of Mind
2. Distorted Eyes
3. Under My Star
4. Vanity
5. Out From The Nest
6. Race Is On
7. Giant Step
8. Set The Stones
9. Dawn Of A Dream
10. Away

MUSICIANS
Mika Grönholm – Guitars, Basses, Synth, Backing Vocals
Tom Rask – Drums
Markku Kuikka – Lead Vocals

GUEST MUSICIANS
Billy Sherwood – Vocals
Marco Hietala – Vocals
Zach Hietala – Guitar solo
Janne Tolsa – Synth solo
Michael Henneken – Backing vocals
Jasse Merivirta – Piano/ Synths

CREDITS
Music and lyrics by Mika Grönholm
Recording – Mika Grönholm, Markku Kuikka, Tom Rask, Janne Tolsa, Billy Sherwood
Mixing & Mastering – Janne Tolsa
Mixing songs 8-10 – Mika Grönholm
Cover art – Mika Grönholm
Producer – Mika Grönholm

OFFICIAL WEBSITES
http://www.gronholmband.com/
http://www.myspace.com/mikagronholm

Lion Music To Release Debut Solo Album From Infinity Overture Guitarist Niels Vejlyt On 16th September 2011

Artist: Niels Vejlyt
Title: STHENIC
Release Date: 16th September 2011
Format: CD+DVD / Digital Download
Catalogue: LMC308 / EAN6419922003084
LM Promo Page: http://www.lionmusic.com/cd/stethnic.htm

Best known as the guitarist and driving force behind metal outfit Infinity Overture, Danish guitar virtuoso Niels Vejlyt is about to make his mark on the guitar instrumental scene with his powerful solo debut STHENIC on 16th September 2011 fully loaded with a bonus DVD!

Already no stranger to guitar fanatics worldwide thanks to numerous instructional DVDs, books and his own online guitar school, STHENIC is a long awaited release for Neils Vejlyt’s legion of fans worldwide and is also sure to attract many newcomers.

With a sound reminiscent at times of instrumental offerings from Jeff Loomis, John Petrucci and Steve Vai etc, STHENIC sees Vejlyt serve up eight tracks that blend intricate heavy riffs with exciting grooves and chord progressions over which Niels’ formidable lead technique takes the album over the edge!

With a strong core backing band of Jakob Vand (Infinity Overture) and bassist Kris Gildenlow (ex Pain Of Salvation), Niels has taken the live approach of a classic three-piece and worked from that basic premise adding further textures and rhythm guitars to build a strong wall of sound. This live feel to the music manages to bring a direct sound often lacking in “overdub city” guitar offerings and also make the album more palatable for even the most hardened cynic.

Mixed and mastered by the legendary Tommy Hansen (Helloween, Jørn Lande, Circus Maximus) STHENIC boasts a strong and powerful production which further enhances the listening experience and makes this a true scorcher of a release for guitar fans worldwide.

CD RUNNING ORDER
1. Heads Up (3.23)
2. Die Today (5.12)
3. Rain (4.28)
4. Samurai (4.46)
5. Meteors (4.47)
6. My Little Rascal (4.16)
7. Kajsa (4.19)
8. Winter (9.16)

DVD RUNNING ORDER
1. Riffs And Chops Of “Rain”
2. The Licks Of STHENIC
3. Riffs And Chops Of “Samurai”
4. Niels Veljyt Live 2011
5. Sound Check And Warm-up

MUSICIANS
Niels Vejlyt: Guitars
Kris Gildenlow: Bass
Jakob Vand: Drums
Bernardo Fesch: Bass on “Die Today” and “Winter”
Mads Damgaard: Piano on “Kajsa”

ALBUM CREDITS
Produced by Niels Vejlyt
Edited by Niels Vejlyt
Mixed by Tommy Hansen
Mastered by Tommy Hansen
Album art by Matthias Norén
Album design by Graham Nederland

OFFICIAL WEBSITE
http://www.nielsvejlyt.dk/

Fourth Album From Italian Progressive Power Metallers Arachnes Available Now On Lion Music Digital

Artist: Arachnes
Title: A NEW DAY
Release Date: Out Now
Format: Digital Download
LM Promo Page: http://www.lionmusic.com/digital/arachness_anewday.htm

Arachnes are a modern progressive melodic power metal band from Italy based around the talents of the Caruso brothers, vocalist Enzo and guitarist Frank (Strings 24). With four well received albums already under their belts Lion Music are pleased to offer up the digital distribution of their new release A NEW DAY.

With a wide ranging set of influences from the likes of Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Queen, Toto, Yngwie Malmsteen, ELP, Jethro Tull, Yes, Miles Davis and the classical world greats; this enlightened inspiration helped develop the Arachnes sound which is rich in scope yet with a well focused core sound.

From heavy roots to modern technologies Arachnes take both power and melody and combine these two different sides in order to achieve the biggest impact. Their new release A NEW DAY is testament to this approach and is home to 11 new songs plus a turbo charged cover of the Deep Purple classic “Fireball.”

Arachnes’ A NEW DAY is available now from all leading digital platforms.

Track Listing
1. I Know The Darkness
2. Big Hearth
3. I’m Sorry
4. Into The Fog
5. Magic World
6. My Face Is Hard
7. Running In An Old Town
8. Take Your Life
9. Parallel Worlds
10. The Reason Of The Things
11. Your Death
12. Fireball

Awake Update

UK metallers Awake have just completed work on their second album entitled FOREVER MORE which will see release in the final quarter of 2011 on Lion Music.

Following on from the impressive foundations laid by their Lion Music debut ILLUMINATION, the new album sees the band hone their own distinct brand of progressively tinted metal. FOREVER MORE also marks the first album recorded with new members Andy & Steven Coles who bring a new dimension to the heavier sound the band serve up on their forthcoming effort.

Awake will be playing some gigs around the UK over the next couple of months where new material will be given an early airing. Catch the band at the following dates:

Aug 27 – Camra Beer festival, Peterborough, UNITED KINGDOM
Sep 9 – The Beerhouse, Ipswich Rock City, GB
Oct 22 – The Tramway, Gorleston, Norfolk, GB

Full details on FOREVER MORE to follow soon.

OFFICIAL WEBSITES
http://www.myspace.com/awakeuk
http://www.facebook.com/awakeuk

Borealis To Support Saxon On Full North American Tour

Lion Music and Intromental Worldwide are proud to announce that Canadian metallers Borealis have been officially confirmed as the support band in the upcoming Saxon North American tour. The band will tour in support of their sophomore effort, FALL FROM GRACE, released earlier this year via Lion Music. Starting on September 29th, the tour will stop at 15 cities across the country. Tour dates are as follows:

28.09.2011 US Los Angeles, CA – The Key Club
29.09.2011 US Santa Rosa, CA – The Last Day Saloon
30.09.2011 US Sactramento, CA – The Boardwalk
01.10.2011 US Santa Clara, CA – The Avalon
02.10.2011 US Santa Ana, CA – The Galaxy
03.10.2011 US Las Vegas, NV – The Crown
04.10.2011 US Tempe, AZ – Club Red
06.10.2011 US Houston, TX – Stereo Live
08.10.2011 US St. Charles (Chicago), IL – The Arcada Theatre
09.10.2011 US Detroit, MI – Blondie’s
10.10.2011 CA Montreal, QU – Foufounes Electrique
11.10.2011 CA Toronto, ONT – Mod Club
13.10.2011 US New York, NY – B. B. King
14.10.2011 US Springfield, VA – Jaxx
15.10.2011 US Baltimore, MD – Bourbon Street

For more information on Borealis, please visit http://www.borealismetal.com/ or http://www.intromental.com/borealis .

Lion Music
http://www.lionmusic.com/
http://www.facebook.com/LionMusicRecordLabel
http://twitter.com/lionmusic
http://www.youtube.com/lionmusicfinland

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-Michael Monroe’s SENSORY OVERDRIVE To Be Streamed On Facebook Week Of August 15th

HOLLYWOOD, CA — In anticipation of the August 23rd release of Michael Monroe’s new CD, SENSORY OVERDRIVE, the entire CD will be available for streaming on Monroe’s Facebook page for the week of August 15th through 22nd. The link for the site is http://listn.to/michaelmonroeofficial . The new CD featuring the debut single “78” also includes appearances from Motorhead front man Lemmy and Americana artist Lucinda Williams. The video for “78” debuted this past week on AOL Music/ Noise Creep.

As reported earlier, Monroe and his band featuring Steve Conte, Dregen, Sami Yaffa, and Karl Rockfist will be doing a North American tour starting in Philadelphia September 30th. Tour dates are as follows:

Wed, Sep 7 – Stockholm Debaser Medis, Sweden
Fri, Sep 9 – Naantali, Finland
Sat, Sep 10 – Finland – Radio Rock Cruise
Fri, Sep 30 – Philadelphia, PA – Trocadero

Sat, Oct 1 – Baltimore, MD – Sonar
Sun, Oct 2 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
Tue, Oct 4 – Boston, ma – Great Scott
Wed, Oct 5 – Montreal, QC – Les Foufounes Electriques
Thu, Oct 6 – Toronto, ON – Mod Club Theater
Fri, Oct 7 – Cleveland, OH – Peabody’s
Sat, Oct 8 – Chicago, IL – Reggie’s Rock Club
Sun, Oct 9 – St. Paul, MN – Station 4
Mon, Oct 10 – St. Louis, MO – FuBar
Wed, Oct 12 – Denver, CO – Moe’s
Sat, Oct 15 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon
Sun, Oct 16 – Portland, OR – Dante’s
Tue, Oct 18 – Santa Clara, CA – Avalon Theater
Wed, Oct 19 – Santa Ana, CA – Galaxy Theatre
Thu, Oct 20 – Hollywood, CA – Whisky A Go Go
Sun, Oct 23 – V-Rock festival – Saitama Super Arena Japan

Fri, Nov 4 – Lahti Finland – Finlandia Club
Sat, Nov 5 – Tavastia Finland (2 shows) – Tavastia Club
Thu, Nov 24 – England – Wolverhamption – Wulfrun Hall
Fri, Nov 25 – England – Manchester – Ritz
Sat, Nov 26 – England – Nottingham – Rock City
Sun, Nov 27 – Scotland – Glasgow – Garage
Mon, Nov 28 – England – Newcastle Academy
Tue, Nov 29 – England – Leeds Academy

Thu, Dec 1 – England – Bristol Academy
Fri, Dec 2 – ENGLAND – London – Electric Ballroom
Sat, Dec 3 – Wales – Prestatyn – HRH

Monroe recently taped an episode of “Alice Cooper Nights,” the hugely successful syndicated radio show and will be making other high profile appearances during the upcoming tour. For all info Michael Monroe visit his Facebook page or MichaelMonroe.com.

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-Escape Music To Release Saracen’s MARILYN

Saracen – MARILYN
Escape Music – ESM230
File under: Hard Rock
EAN: 5 031281 002303
Release: 23. September 2011

Specials: feat. Robin Beck, Steve Overland, Issa!

Track List:
1. Norma Jeane
2. Whither The Wind Blows
3. Hold On (Issa)
4. Make This Body Work (Robin Beck)
5. Who Am I (Beck & Overland)
6. Love Like A Razorblade
7. Break The Spell
8. Not For Sure (Robin Beck)
9. Like Going Home (Robin Beck)
10. Unfinished Life
11. Marilyn (Robin Beck)

Bio:
Life long pals Richard Lowe and Rob Bendelow formed their first band Lammergier during the mid ’70s together with folk guitarist turned rock bassist Barry Yates. The name changed to Saracen in the early ’80s, but the music remained the same; an ever growing repertoire of powerful guitar-orientated rock, laced with lush keyboards and evocative vocals.

Escape Music have already presented you with the double CD RED SKY / HEROES, SAINTS AND FOOLS (ESM124) which covers the band’s early years. The conceptual CD VOX IN EXCELSO (ESM135) was released in 2006 to great acclaim and has earned the band more and more respect.

It’s 2011, and this latest release from Saracen is another concept album, carefully crafted around the life and times of that ultimate Hollywood icon — Marilyn Monroe. This opus charts her rollercoaster life, from young orphan to worldwide superstar… and beyond. As with Saracen’s previous album (VOX IN EXCELSO) the storyline does not shy away from the darker recesses of history; in this case Marilyn’s problematic life… and untimely death.

No less than five tracks on the album tell their story in Marilyn’s own words… brought to life by the very special guest appearance of American songstress Robin Beck. Robin’s unique vocal style adds a dramatic new dimension to this rich collection of interwoven compositions.

Saracen’s symphonic-rock instrumentation has also been augmented for MARILYN with the inclusion of saxophone impresario Snake Davis. His evocative, soaring solos add greatly to the album’s emotional journey. The layered vocal harmonies on MARILYN come courtesy of Saracen bass man Richard Bendelow and classical-turned-rock newcomer Karensa Kerr. The fusion of symphonic rock with choral-style vocal arrangements has produced an intoxicating mix. Two more vocalists make outstanding guest appearances on this album — namely Norwegian rock sensation Issa and FM front man Steve Overland. Issa handles the lead vocals on “Hold On,” whilst Steve & Robin intertwine beautifully on “Who Am I?”

MARILYN is a beautiful recording, full of finely honed rock music, powerful ballads and passionate vocals, each song perfectly represents the stages in her life. In short: a masterpiece.

Lineup:
Steve Bettney – vocals
Paul Bradder – keyboards
Richard Bendelow – bass, vocals
Paul Gibson – drums
Rob Bendelow – guitar
Snake Davis – Saxophone

Label:
Escape Music
4 Cavendish Court, Dean Bank
Ferryhill, Co. Durham, DL17 8PY, UK
info@escape-music.com
http://www.Escape-Music.com/

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-Rock N’ Roll Vet, Bebe Buell, Teams Up With Niji Entertainment For HARD LOVE

Not many people can say that they opened for Alice Cooper and the Ramones, recorded with the Cars, was a fashion model/Playboy Playmate, penned a New York Times best-selling autobiography (“Rebel Heart”) and has been praised by such rock icons as Steven Tyler, Joey Ramone and Lemmy Kilmister.

But Bebe Buell has managed to obtain all of these lofty accomplishments, and will undoubtedly add further highlights to her music career, with the impending release of the Bebe Buell Band’s new album, HARD LOVE.

Released on September 27th via the Niji Entertainment Group (a label co-founded by Wendy and Ronnie James Dio), HARD LOVE is one rockin’ good time, as evidenced by such tracks as “Mother Of Rock & Roll,” “Devil You Know,” and a cover of Gang Of Four’s “I Love A Man In A Uniform.”

And Bebe is backed by a rock solid backing band, comprised of Guns N’ Roses drummer Frank Ferrer, former Iggy Pop/Glenn Danzig/Samhain bassist Pete Marshall on bass, former Das Damen/D-Generation guitarist Jimmy Walls on guitar, and former U Melt keyboardist Zac Lasher.

Soon, fans of passion fueled, pure rock n’ roll will discover what the rock elite has known for decades; Bebe Buell is the real deal, and one fierce rocker. HARD LOVE is all the sonic proof you’ll need.

Bebe: “This is the most important record of my career and it comes from deep in my soul and guts! I love my fans and that’s why I do this. Hence the title HARD LOVE. Every track is filled with my heart, which beats for rock and roll. I’m my happiest onstage and I can’t wait to hit the road and play these songs live with the strongest lineup I’ve ever made magic with.”

HARD LOVE Track List:

1. Mother Of Rock & Roll
2. Devil You Know
3. Heartbeat
4. Got It All Wrong
5. Baby Baby
6. Black Angel
7. Sugar
8. I Love A Man In A Uniform
9. Timeline
10. Normal Girl
11. I Will Wait

FORE MORE INFORMATION, VISIT:
http://www.bebebuell.org/
http://www.facebook.com/nijientertainmentgroup

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-Seven Release video Clip For “No Surrender”

Aspiring Czech Heavy Metal combo Seven has released the video clip for their song “No Surrender” on YouTube, which can be seen here:

In 2010 Seven were commissioned to compose a song for the Czech movie “Kajinek,” an action thriller biopic about Jiri Kajinek, who’s considered to be the first Czech hit man in history. After several attempts of evasion from high security prisons, Kajinek has become the most famous prisoner in Czech Republic as well as one of the most guarded criminals in Europe. Controversy following his detention and imprisonment has raised a debate in Czech society about the efficiency of their judiciary system.

Inspired by such events, Seven composed and recorded “No Surrender,” which eventually would become part of the official soundtrack for the film. Its video clip, featuring scenes from the film, was used intensively during the promotion campaign of “Kajinek.” Just a week after the premiere, “Kajinek” had become the biggest box office hit in Czech film history. Given the huge success of the film and the increasing popularity of their song, Seven decided to include “No Surrender” as a bonus track in their new studio album FREEDOM CALL. The music video also appears as a bonus feature on the Czech DVD edition of “Kajinek.”

FREEDOM CALL already arises enthusiasm in the music press:
“Each and every song is thrilling!” (Rock It! Magazine)
“Seven’s lively Melodic Metal is huge fun!” (EMP)

The album will hit stores on the 2nd of September via Nuclear Blast!

http://www.sevencz.com/

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-Swedish Sleaze And Punk Metallers Sister Announce European Headlining Shows In September!

Swedish sleaze and punk influenced metal band Sister have announced headlining shows throughout Europe in September! Supports will be local.

Lock your daughters and hide your wives, Sister take no prisoners once they have passed the borders to your countries!

SISTER
16/09/11 – CH – Uster – Rock City
17/09/11 – DE – Lichtenfels – Paunchy Cats
18/09/11 – IT – Bologna – Sottotetto Sound Club
20/09/11 – FR – St. Etienne – Thunderbird Lounge
21/09/11 – FR – Paris – La Mécanique Ondulatoire
22/09/11 – BE – Roselare – De Verlichte Geest
23/09/11 – BE – Arlon – t.b.a.
24/09/11 – DE – Köln – t.b.a.

Comments the band: “Finally after a spring/summer of recording and releasing the first collaboration with Metal Blade, our debut album HATED, it’s time for Sister to head down through Europe! This is what we have longed for the last year and all the work we have put into everything is pretty much the preparation of one thing. To hit the roads. We will tour as much as possible now with the album out and this tour together with the U.D.O. tour will be our first mark in Europe. There will be full-blown riots so take the chance to check us out when we come to your town!”

Sister have also been confirmed as the opening band for a part of the upcoming European tour of the one and only U.D.O.!

Sister will support U.D.O. — the band of former Accept singer Udo Dirkschneider — at shows in Germany, Switzerland, Belgium and Holland. The bill will be completed by Sister Sin.

U.D.O.
+ SISTER SIN
+ SISTER
24/11/11 – NL – Zwolle – Hedon
25/11/11 – DE – Pirmasens – Quasimodo
27/11/11 – DE – Berlin – C-Club
30/11/11 – BE – As – GC Drieschaar
01/12/11 – DE – Recklinghausen – Vest Arena
02/12/11 – DE – Burglengenfeld – VA Zentrum
03/12/11 – DE – Leipzig – Hellraiser
04/12/11 – DE – Köln – Essigfabrik
06/12/11 – DE – Langen – Neue Stadthalle
07/12/11 – CH – Pratteln – Z7
09/12/11 – DE – Balingen – Volksbankmesse
10/12/11 – DE – Memmingen – Stadthalle

Comments Sister: “Udo and Accept has been a big influence for the members in Sister for a long time and to open for U.D.O. is f*cking great for sure! We’re really looking forward to it all and this is one of many things that we wished for at this stage in our career. With the new album HATED out this summer the only thing we want to do is to hit the roads! Germany has been our ‘second home’ the last years and has except for Sweden been the country we undoubtedly done most gigs. It’s always been a blast down there. This will of course be no exception and we will see all of you bastards when the time comes. We promise a riot on stage and thank U.D.O. and the organization around him for this opportunity! Cheers!”

About the band:
Sister, who hails from Stockholm/Jönkoping Sweden, formed in early 2006 working hard to build up a name as a strong act both live and in the studio. Sister consists of four members — Jamie on vocals, Lestat on guitars and backing vocals, Rikki on bass and backing vocals, and Cari on drums and backing vocals — who combine the sounds of Punk, Glam, Rock, and Metal with an end result sounding something like the bastard child of GG Allin and Guns N’ Roses.

Sister’s Metal Blade debut HATED has been released the 3rd/6th of June, 2011!

http://www.facebook.com/sisterband
http://twitter.com/sister_official
http://www.youtube.com/sisterofficial
http://www.myspace.com/sisteronline
http://www.sisteronline.net/

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-The Stone Chiefs Unveil A Unique Brand Of Modern Southern Rock On Their DRIVE ON Debut Album

In an era when more and more musicians rely on electronics and software to get their art across, it’s refreshing to discover an up-and-coming act that hasn’t forgotten the foundation that rock music was built upon — the electrifying, rip-roaring sound of a real, live band playing together. That’s the exact approach the Raleigh, NC quintet, The Stone Chiefs, adopt on their recently-released debut album, DRIVE ON (via Grab ‘Em Records).

Consisting of members Dallas Perry (Lead Vocals), Aaron Wiig (Lead Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Bass), Brian “BT” Torrence (Lead Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Bass), David Arnn (Lead Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Bass), and Michael “Twig” Neece (Drums), The Stone Chiefs seek to melt faces worldwide with their riveting, guitar-driven assault and charged live show. They recently set up shop at Studio 313 in Morrisville, NC where, under the watchful eye of producer Jeff Creed, the group recorded an exhilarating set of tunes recalling the finer moments of the Black Crowes, the Rolling Stones, and Kings Of Leon — as evidenced by such standout tracks as the album-opening title track and “Let It Rain” among others.

The Stone Chiefs play vintage instruments to get their warm and familiar “down home sound.” Their guitar arsenal on DRIVE ON includes a 1972 Gibson Les Paul Black Beauty, an Epiphone Riviera, a modified Epiphone Sheraton II, and multiple Fender Stratocasters cranked through Dr. Z, Budda, Marshall, and Fender amplifiers.

North Carolina rock fans will not have to wait long to catch the Stone Chiefs on a nearby concert stage. The Stone Chiefs will perform at the 9/3/11 Triad Music Fest in Greensboro, NC with Fuel, Lee Brice, and Lupe Fiasco and will continue their charge with an onslaught of local gigs throughout the fall and winter.

Authentic, classic rock sounds are needed now more than ever and those sounds are in no short supply on The Stone Chiefs’ debut album DRIVE ON. So, plug in, have a listen and enjoy the ride!

Upcoming Live Dates:

09/03/11 Greensboro, NC at Triad For The Love of Music Festival
09/09/11 Raleigh, NC at 42nd St Oyster Bar
09/10/11 Emerald Isle, NC at Emerald Isle Bike Rally
10/01/11 Beaufort, NC at Hannah’s Haus
10/08/11 Fayetteville, NC at The Dog House
10/21/11 Raleigh, NC at 42nd St Oyster Bar
11/05/11 Knightdale, NC at Sports Page
12/09/11 Raleigh, NC at 42nd St Oyster Bar
12/10/11 Knightdale, NC at Sports Page

To Purchase DRIVE ON, Visit:

CD Baby:
http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/thestonechiefs

iTunes:
http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/drive-on/id451797286

Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/Drive-On/dp/B005DR9EVQ/ref=sr_shvl_album_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1312198680&sr=301-1

For More Information, Visit:

http://thestonechiefs.com/
http://www.facebook.com/thestonechiefs
http://www.myspace.com/thestonechiefs

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-Communic: Chart Alert!

The Norwegian metallers from Communic just hit the charts with their new masterpiece entitled THE BOTTOM DEEP, which is simply breath-taking.

Germany: #73

Commented Oddleif Stensland:
“Our new album is now finally released, and hits the charts in Germany. Feels good to let the album out of my hands now, as it has been a long and winding process to get this one out of my system. Now it’s up to the listener to dive ‘into the bottom deep.’ Right now we are preparing for the tour in the end of August together with Forbidden and Demonica. We are really looking forward to enter the stages across Europe again, and hope to see many Communic headz out there. Cya soon!”

Tour Dates:
With FORBIDDEN + DEMONICA
26.08 NL Kerkrade – Rock Temple
27.08 B Deinze – Alcatraz Metal Festival
28.08 NL Eindhoven – Dynamo
30.08 D Aschaffenburg – Colos-Saal
31.08 D Karlsruhe – Stadtmitte
01.09 CH Aarau – Kiff
02.09 I Milan – Live Club
03.09 D Ingolstadt – Paradox
04.09 H Budapest – Club 202
06.09 PL Warsaw – Progresja
07.09 PL Wroclaw – Firlej
08.09 D Braunschweig – Schweinebärmann
09.09 D Osnabrück – Bastard Club
10.09 D Essen – Turock

http://www.communic.org/

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-Haken: Sophomore Album Details & Trailer Posted; Band Prepares For ProgPower USA

London-based progressive stalwarts Haken have announced the details on their completed upcoming sophomore full-length concept album, entitled VISIONS.

This new opus is in its final stages of completion now, and is set for North American release on October 25 via Sensory Records — the label having also released Haken’s acclaimed 2010 debut, AQUARIUS. In a statement made this week about the new album, Haken vocalist Ross Jennings ensures: “We are confident this album will not disappoint fans of AQUARIUS. As well as pulling some signature stunts, we are also trying to raise the bar with our compositions, and as individual players. We poured everything we’ve got into this album; it’s been a really emotional year for us and hopefully that comes across in these songs.”

Check out a brand new VISIONS trailer, created by the band, as well as the cover art for the album, posted at this location:

http://www.earsplitcompound.com/site/?p=3014

VISIONS will be made available early to fans in attendance at this year’s ProgPower USA festival in Atlanta, Georgia, on September 16 where Haken are set to make their North American debut live appearance alongside label mates Creation’s End and Voyager, as well as Therion, Labyrinth, Ihsahn, Dream Evil, Sanctuary and more.

VISIONS Track Listing:

1. Premonition
2. Nocturnal Conspiracy
3. Insomnia
4. The Mind’s Eye
5. Portals
6. Shapeshifter
7. Deathless
8. Visions

Stay tuned for more updates on Haken as VISIONS nears release date and the band set sail for American shores in the weeks ahead.

http://www.hakenmusic.com/
http://www.facebook.com/pages/HAKEN/102787549743
http://twitter.com/Haken_Official
http://www.myspace.com/hakenmusic
http://www.lasersedgegroup.com/

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-First-Ever Pentagram DVD WHEN THE SCREAMS COME Due August 26/29!

Doom Heavy Rock Legends Pentagram To Return To Europe In October And December!

On the 26th/29th of August, Metal Blade Records will release the first-ever Pentagram DVD in the 40-year history of the band!

WHEN THE SCREAMS COME features a full Pentagram show, recorded on May 30th, 2010 at the tail end of the Liebling / Griffin reunion dates at Sonar in Baltimore Maryland during Maryland Deathfest VIII! On top there’s an interview with singer Bobby Liebling!

WHEN THE SCREAMS COME track listing:
1. Day Of Reckoning
2. Forever My Queen
3. Ask No More
4. Run My Course
5. You’re Lost, I’m Free
6. Review Your Choices
7. Relentless
8. All Your Sins
9. 20 Buck Spin
10. Sign Of The Wolf
11. When The Screams Come

Pre-order bundle including an exclusive T-Shirt available at EMP.

Doom Heavy Rock legends Pentagram will return to Europe in October and December! The cult outfit lead by the one and only Bobby Liebling will play an exclusive show in Spain on the 8th of October. This show marks the first ever appearance of Pentagram on Spanish soil!

In December Pentagram will return to Europe for shows in Finland, Sweden, the UK and the Netherlands. Spread the word!

Pentagram
08/10/11 – ES – Jerez – Serie Z Festival @ Sala Paul
02/12/11 – FI – Oulu – Club Teatria
03/12/11 – FI – Helsinki – Nosturi
05/12/11 – SE – Gothenburg – Truckstop Alaska
09/12/11 – UK – London – The Garage
10/12/11 – NL – Eindhoven – Speedfest 2011

Pentagram, featuring the talents of Bobby Liebling, Victor Griffin, Greg Turley, and new drummer Albert Born, recently released their highly anticipated full-length album LAST RITES via Metal Blade Records. LAST RITES contains 11 new tracks of behemoth tunes that fans have been clamoring for since the last Liebling/Griffin masterpiece was released in 1994 (BE FOREWARNED).

http://www.metalblade.com/pentagram/
http://www.myspace.com/thepentagramarchives
http://www.myspace.com/thedeathrowarchive

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-Axemaster Reforms And Announces New Vocalist!

After a short hiatus Ohio-based Heavy Metal band Axemaster has officially reformed and has begun songwriting for the next Axemaster release. Original Axemaster members Joe Sims and Brian Henderson have returned to the band and they have also recruited a new vocalist in Tony Webster (Archetype, ex-Mo Rage) for the upcoming release.

Founding member and guitar player Joe Sims had this to say:

“I couldn’t be happier with how things have turned out and being back as Axemaster. I’ve been in a few bands over the last 20 years but Axemaster has always been the one I’ve been known for and is by far my favorite. I’m actually really glad that INNER TERROR didn’t go under the name Axemaster because the music we did on that CD just wasn’t ‘Axemaster-like’ enough, not like the stuff we’re doing now. This is without a doubt the best writing I’ve ever done and with all the talent that Tony and Brian bring to the table I think this CD is gonna be something special!!!!”

Co-founding member and drummer Brian Henderson states:

“I feel this is the most intense music Joe has put together and will be the biggest challenge ever for me to record my parts. Also I am looking forward to working with Tony to put a totally different and much needed voice in the mix. This CD will rock!!”

Axemaster is working on an upcoming as-yet-untitled album and are currently in the studio putting the finishing touches on the songs for the upcoming album. The band is currently writing 15 songs for the upcoming full-length.

New Vocalist Tony Webster states:

“This is a great band with a very long history in the metal scene. I had never really heard of Axemaster until Joe contacted me through the Internet and asked if I would be interested in singing with them. After he sent me some of the demos for the new album I checked out the music and really liked it. So I decided to take on another band aside from Archetype and have started writing songs with them. It sounds like old school thrash metal mixed with some doom elements. We have demoed around 15 songs so far and they are turning out awesome! This is going to be the best album the band has ever done musically and working with these guys has been great so far!”

Axemaster Biography

Axemaster was formed in 1985 by lead guitarist Joe Sims and drummer Brian Henderson. The project and music has stood the test of time and remains strong after over 25 years.

With the band’s original lineup (also including vocalist/bassist Christopher Michael) they recorded their first four releases: SLAVE TO THE BLADE (demo EP cassette), BLESSING IN THE SKIES (full-length album), “The Vision” (shaped pictured disc single), and “Crusades” (shaped picture disc single), the last three being released by Azra International Records. They were also featured on Azra Record’s compilation shaped picture record METALGON and in the comedy/horror movie “Killer Nerd.”

Several lineup changes followed as the band recorded their next two releases: DEATH BEFORE DISHONOR (full-length cassette, European-only release) and 5 DEMONS (IMPERATIVE IS THEIR DEMISE) (self-released EP cassette). Joe Sims was the only original member to remain and play on every release. After this the band altered their musical direction and changed the name to The Awakening. That group did one CD before breaking up in 1995.

Four years later, Unisound Records {Greece} reissued selected songs from four of the band’s releases (as well as three songs by The Awakening) on a 15-track CD titled Axemaster & The Awakening – 1985-1995. In 2002 Unisound re-released DEATH BEFORE DISHONOR (as well as some unreleased material) on CD. The success of these discs proved that Axemaster’s music was still in demand years after their breakup.

In 2006 the band returned with the original lineup and in 2007 re-released BLESSING IN THE SKIES on disc through Burning Star Records {Greece}. It includes the album in its entirety as well as three bonus tracks and a video for the song “Slave To The Blade.” It’s packaged as a digi-pak with a four-page foldout that features a 12-page booklet containing vintage photos from 1985-1988 (some never before seen), liner notes, and song lyrics. As one person from Burning Star said, “it’s time that BLESSING IN THE SKIES got the recognition it deserves.”

The reunion, however, was short-lived as Christopher Michael did not remain with the project and a new band was formed with a different vocalist and bassist. After originally intending to continue as Axemaster, the band decided that the new music they were writing was not consistent enough with what Axemaster had done in the past and changed to become Inner Terror. That project released one CD and ended in 2010.

After taking a short break away from the scene, Joe Sims and Brian Henderson teamed up with vocalist Tony Webster (Archetype, ex-Mo Rage) to re-start the Axemaster project. A new CD is currently in the works that has the makings of being by far the best Axemaster release to date. The new songs are classic thrash with a slight amount of doom metal, somewhat similar to the style of the band’s last two releases of new material, but with greatly improved songwriting and better musicianship.

With the worldwide exposure & success that they’ve already achieved, Axemaster is poised to once again take the metal world by storm!!!!

Contact:

P.O. Box 882
Kent, OH 44240
USA
axemastermetal@yahoo.com

Discography

1) SLAVE TO THE BLADE (independent five-song cassette)

2) BLESSING IN THE SKIES (full-length album and cassette released by Azra International Records)

3) “Crusades” (shaped picture disc issued by Azra International Records as a limited edition release to promote BLESSING IN THE SKIES)

4) “The Vision” (shaped picture disc single released by Azra International Records)

5) DEATH BEFORE DISHONOR (full-length cassette of rehearsal recordings; European-only release by S.A. Bucher Management {France} & Skullthrasher Promotions {Belgium})

6) 5 DEMONS (IMPERATIVE IS THEIR DEMISE) (independent five-song cassette)

7) 1985-1995 (a “best of” 14-song CD released by Unisound Records {Greece} which includes songs from the releases numbered here as 2, 3, 4, and 6; also includes three songs by The Awakening)

8) DEATH BEFORE DISHONOR (reissue) (re-release on CD of the original recordings by Unisound Records {Greece}; also includes previously unreleased material and songs from the releases numbered here as 1 and 3)

9) BLESSING IN THE SKIES (re-release) (the album in its entirety released on CD by Burning Star Records {Greece}; also includes a video for the song “Slave To The Blade” and three bonus tracks: one unreleased song recorded live and two from the release numbered here as 1 that had never previously been available on CD; released as a digi-pak that contains never before seen vintage photos, song lyrics, and liner notes)

BLESSING IN THE SKIES and 5 DEMONS are also featured on Smog Veil Records’ iTunes roster. For more information see http://www.smogveil.com/ecom/ and click on “iTunes exclusives.”

Music Included On:

– The comedy/horror movie “Killer Nerd” which was produced by Entertech Productions and stars the former MTV personality and past academy award nominee Toby Radloff.

– The heavy metal documentary on CD-ROM titled THE POLISHING OF METAL which contains 1,300 band biographies, 900 album reviews, 19 videos, and five hours of music as well as color photos and web links. Axemaster is included in the release with a song, video, and bio page. This work, which was released by The Rock Record Collectors Association, Emperor Multimedia, and The Diskery (Canada), is not only being distributed extensively worldwide, but is also featured in public libraries internationally (such as the United Nations’ “Great Library of Alexandria”).

– The DVD DEFENDERS OF THE FAITH which was released in Europe by Kastle Killers and contains a video of the song “Slave To The Blade” from the album BLESSIN IN THE SKIES.

Compilations

– METALGON (shaped picture disc by Azra International Records {USA})
– SPEED N THRASH (cassette release {France})
– BLOODZIT (cassette release {Canada})
– A DISTANT THUNDER (cassette release {USA})

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-Iggy & The Stooges RAW POWER LIVE: IN THE HANDS OF THE FANS To Be Released On DVD And Blu-ray September 27, 2011 Via MVD Entertainment Group

Iggy & The Stooges RAW POWER LIVE: IN THE HANDS OF THE FANS is the visual document of the reformed Stooges’ (Iggy Pop, Scott Asheton, James Williamson, Steve Mackay, Mike Watt) RAW POWER performance at the All Tomorrow’s Parties Festival on Friday, September 3, 2010.

Of the performance, Ben Ratliff of the NY Times writes, “Iggy Pop, now 63, knew that his body language translated into still photographs resembling Mannerist paintings… The Stooges attacked the album’s eight songs, in a different order, just about perfectly.”

Iggy and the band sound flawless as they rip through the archetype riffage of “Search And Destroy,” “Raw Power,” “Gimmie Danger” and more.

“Getting this top-notch performance of the entire RAW POWER album by The Stooges realized a life long dream,” said Iggy Pop. “This sh*t really sizzles and we are so obviously a crack band in a class of our own.”

MVD Entertainment Group, an industry leader in producing and distributing music-related audiovisual content, launched the “In The Hands Of The Fans” series with the intention of utilizing the energy and talents of fans, who by means of an online video submission contest, win the opportunity to film a performance of their favorite band in HD and then interview the band members after the performance. The result is a high quality, low cost, unique program that is part concert film and part reality TV show.

Trailer:

Item Info / Track List:
http://www.seeofsound.com/p.php?s=MVD5234D

Blu-ray:
http://www.seeofsound.com/p.php?s=MVD5235BR

Hi Res Cover Art:

Blu-ray:

Bob Gruen’s Press Photos:
http://files.dvdnote.com/art/iggyphotos/

“In The Hands Of The Fans” website:
http://www.inthehandsofthefans.com/

MVD Entertainment Group
PO Box 280
Oaks PA 19456

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-Candlelight Records To Release Classic And Career Retrospect Releases From: Discharge, Extreme Noise Terror, The Varukers

Candlelight Records will continue its previously launched classics series confirming releases from Discharge, Extreme Noise Terror, and The Varukers. New to the series, the label will release DISENSITISE and WAR IS HELL from Discharge on August 23, followed by HOLOCAUST IN MY HEAD by Extreme Noise Terorr on September 27 and the 2CD THE DAMNATION OF OUR SPECIES by The Varukers.

England’s Discharge are considered one of the first hardcore punk bands that significantly merged metal with their punk stylings. Characterized by a heavy, distorted, grinding guitar sound, the band’s raw, shouted vocals and insightful lyrics made them a favorite on “anarcho” lists from the start. Formed in 1977, the band enjoyed a number of charting albums in the UK in the early ’80s. Reunited in 2000, the band currently features founder Anthony “Rat” Martin, Tony “Bones” Roberts, Roy “Rainy” Wainright, and Dave “Proper” Caution. DISENSITISE and WAR IS HELL feature all-new packaging and include previously unavailable songs.

Extreme Noise Terror’s trademark noise has done very well for the UK bevy over their fifteen-plus year career. The band’s abrasive, dual-voiced, grinding brutality maims, pulverizes, and simply destroys all in earshot. Formed in 1985, grindcore’s founding unit fiercely rallied an international fan base with sharp lyrics and a piercing sound. Regular guests on John Peel’s “BBC Radio 1 Program,” the band has featured vocalist Mark “Barney” Greenway (Napalm Death), guitarist Gian Pyres (Cradle Of Filth), and drummer Mick Harris (Napalm Death/Scorn) among their various lineups throughout the years. Original vocalist Phil Vane passed away in his sleep earlier this year due to a cerebrovascular accident. He was 46 years old. HOLOCAUST IN MY HEAD compiles 21 tracks of government overthrowing crust/punk all served up in pummeling doses.

Dating to 1979, The Varukers are considered part of the “UK82” or second wave of English hardcore punk. Alongside their peers (Amebix, Chaos UK, GBH), the band’s sound was heavily fueled by the energies and ideologies of 1977-era punk. The band would tour heavily before splintering for several years. Reformed since 1991, the five-piece have continued to impress and keep a loyal and passionate fan base. THE DAMNATION OF OUR SPECIES features 44 songs on a special 2CD set, including selections from their ONE STRUGGLE ONE FIGHT, MURDER, HOW DO YOU SLEEP and KILLING MYSELF TO LIVE albums.

Track listings for each release are noted below.

Discharge – DISENSITISE
1. Blood Of The Innocent
2. CCTV
3. What Method What Madness
4. They Lie You Die
5. Becomes Again And Again
6. Spoils Of War
7. Persuasion = Power
8. Web Of Disadvantage
9. Ignorance Is Your Surrender
10. Kept In The Dark
11. You Have The Gun
12. Will Deceive You
13. Beginning Of The End
14. No Return
15. Legacy You Left Behind (Bonus)
16. Propaganda Feeds

Discharge – WAR IS HELL
1. War Is Hell
2. State Violence Stage Control
3. You Deserve Me
4. Never Again
5. The More I See
6. Hype Overload
7. Corpse Of Decadence
8. M.A.D.
9. You Take Part Creating The System
10. Nightmare Continues (live)
11. Hell On Earth (live)
12. Realities Of War (live)
13. Doomsday (live)
14. Beginning Of The End (bonus)
15. Blood Of The Innocent (bonus)
16. They Lie You Die (bonus)

Extreme Noise Terror – HOLOCAUST IN MY HEAD
1. Deceived
2. The Helpless
3. Bullsh*t Propaganda
4. F*cked Up System
5. No Threat
6. Show Us You Care
7. Use Your Mind
8. Innocence To Ignorance
9. Conned Through Life
10. Murder
11. Take The Strain
12. Another Nail In The Coffin
13. Raping The Earth
14. If You’re Only In It For The Music (Sod off)
15. Intro
16. In It For Life
17. Subliminal Music Mind Control
18. Work For never
19. Punk: Faction Or Fiction
20. Cruelty To Carnivores
21. Damaging Noise

The Varukers – THE DAMNATION OF OUR SPECIES
Disc One:
1. Persistent Resistance
2. We Hint At Things Nuclear
3. In South Africa
4. The Far Of Mankind
5. Will They Never Learn
6. Killing By Man’s Own Hand
7. Animals An Animal
8. Protect Not Dissect
9. How Can Your Conscience
10. Stop The Killing
11. Lesson Must Never Forget
12. One Struggle One Fight
13. Murder
14. Hatred
15. Endless Destruction Line
16. Fake
17. Genocide
18. Eradicate The Problem
19. F*ck You Up
20. Humanity
21. What Are You Gonna Do
22. Target Of Shame
23. Invest In Your People
24. Who The F*ck
25. Tighten Their Grip
26. Nightmare Vision

Disc Two:
1. How Do You Sleep?
2. Gun Crazed Kids
3. Bleed Us Dry
4. Modem For Destruction
5. Memo To Me
6. Where Is Your God
7. As Good As It Gets
8. No Restrictions
9. Under Attack
10. Absolution
11. Piss Off I’ve Paid
12. Die
13. Killing Myself To Live
14. F*cked It Up Again
15. Forever Crucified
16. Hellbound
17. Get Out O’ The Gutter
18. Politics In Store

Additional classic CD titles now available from Candlelight include Doom’s RUSH HOUR OF THE GODS and Holy Terror’s TERROR AND SUBMISSION/MIND WAR. Classic vinyl titles available from affiliate label Plastic Head Music USA are: Amebix’s MONOLITHE, Bolt Thrower’s IN BATTLE THERE IS NO LAW, and Witchfinder General’s DEATH PENALTY/FRIENDS OF HELL.

http://www.candlelightrecordsusa.com/

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-Unearth Issues Video Update From The Road

Massachusetts metal behemoths, Unearth, are currently slaying the masses onstage at this year’s edition of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. To commemorate the summer-long festivities, the band will be posting a series of video clips throughout the tour.

Commented vocalist Trevor Phipps: “Thanks to all who’ve come out to support Unearth during this year’s Rockstar Mayhem Fest! We’ll be uploading a handful of videos showing how our summer is going, so come back often to check it out. The first episode showcases live footage, our signings and some hangout time. This fest is killer day in and day out, so don’t miss it if it comes near you. See you on the road!”

Check out the first video here:

http://www.earsplitcompound.com/site/?p=3008

Unearth on 2011’s Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival w/ Disturbed, Godsmack, Megadeth, Machine Head, In Flames, Trivium, Suicide Silence, All Shall Perish, Straight Line Stitch, Kingdom Of Sorrow, Red Fang [remaining dates]

08/11/2011 New Daisy Theatre – Memphis, TN *Off Date w/ Suicide Silence, All Shall Perish, Red Fang
08/12/2011 Lakewood Amphitheatre – Atlanta, GA
08/13/2011 1-800-Ask-Gary-Amphitheatre – Tampa, FL
08/14/2011 Cruzan Amphitheater – West Palm Beach, FL

Unearth’s fifth full-length, DARKNESS IN THE LIGHT was released on July 5, 2011 by Metal Blade Records and has been flooring fans and media alike. In a 4/5 rating of the record, Alternative Press said: “DARKNESS IN THE LIGHT is a maelstrom of melodic riffs, screamy shouts and enough noodling to keep Guitar Hero nerds happy. But it’s not chasing maidens and slaying dragons; Unearth have enough of the ’90s straight-edge hardcore scene still left in their blood to give the lyrics an impassioned warrior cry against corrupt politics and wavering faith.” Crave called the record, “…a first rate slice of metal that helps return the meat to the hollowed and empty husk of the metalcore genre,” while Ultimate-Guitar noted: “…it’s clear that this album takes the best elements from every album released so far and pushes them to their limits. Whether it be the urgency felt from ‘Stings Of Conscience’ or the thrashiness of ‘III: In The Eyes Of Fire,’ it’s all pushed to its finest point on this album.”

http://www.darknessinthelightalbum.com/
http://www.unearth.tv/
http://www.facebook.com/unearthofficial
http://www.twitter.com/unearthofficial
http://www.myspace.com/unearth
http://www.metalblade.com/

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-Havok: Denver Thrashers Announce North American Tour With Exhumed

Band To Release Limited Edition Vinyl Pressing Of TIME IS UP

Denver thrash warriors, Havok, who recently pummeled the masses on tour with Bay Area legends, Forbidden, will embark on another punishing support trek this Fall alongside headliners Exhumed, Goatwhore and Cephalic Carnage. Set to commence on October 26 in New Mexico, the tour will lay waste to nearly two dozen cities and come to a close in Flagstaff, Arizona on November 20.

Said vocalist/guitarist David Sanchez: “I’m f*ckin’ psyched! This lineup is HEAVY! I’m a fan of all of the bands that we’ll be playing with, so this is gonna be really fun. Even better, we finally get to tour with Cephalic Carnage. It will be cool to show people how bands from Denver throw down. If this tour is anything like our last run with Forbidden, there are going to be some gnarly pits and bloody noses. Anyone that’s going to these shows should be prepared to have a sore neck.”

Added drummer Pete Webber: “We are pumped to announce our tour with Exhumed, Goatwhore and Cephalic Carnage this Fall! Our last tour with Forbidden was one of the best yet and we hope to keep the heat going with this one! We will be hitting some cities where Havok has not played in awhile and you all better show your metal faces there!”

HAVOK
w/ Exhumed, Goatwhore, Cephalic Carnage
* = no Goatwhore

10/26/2011 The Juggernaut – Gallup, NM *
10/27/2011 Sorority House – Amarillo, TX *
10/28/2011 The Conservatory – 1H – Oklahoma City, OK
10/29/2011 FuBbar – St Louis, MO
10/30/2011 Reggie’s Rock Club – Chicago, IL
10/31/2011 I-Rock Nightclub – Detroit
11/01/2011 Alrosa Villa – Columbus, OH
11/02/2011 Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY
11/03/2011 Wreck Room – Toronto, ON
11/04/2011 Les Foufounes Electriques – Montreal, QC
11/05/2011 Rock Cafe Le Stage – Trois-Rivieres, QC
11/06/2011 L’Agitee – Quebec City, QC
11/08/2011 The Palladium – Worcester, MA
11/09/2011 Europa – Brooklyn, NY
11/10/2011 Championships – Trenton, NJ
11/11/2011 Mojo 13 – Wilmington, DE
11/12/2011 Sonar – Baltimore, MD
11/13/2011 The Casbah at Tremont Music Hall – Charlotte, NC
11/14/2011 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
11/15/2011 The Brass Mug – Tampa, FL
11/17/2011 Siberia – New Orleans, LA
11/18/2011 Korova/Goregrowler’s Ball – San Antonio, TX w/ Suffocation
11/19/2011 TBA *
11/20/2011 Orpheum Theatre – Flagstaff, AZ *

Havok will be touring in support of their critically-adored TIME IS UP full-length, released earlier this year via Candlelight Records. The record has earned near-perfect ratings from media outlets large and small.

Noted Rock Sound adamantly: “Everyone should be worshipping at these Denver native’s altar as they have the flashy skill, ridiculous song-writing chops and prodigious lead guitar work that’ll have even the most jaded ears saying, ‘Okay, just this last one…'” Terrorizer agreed, declaring: “Everything great about thrash — infectious, galloping riffs, hummable choruses, a vast array of gang vocals in ‘D.O.A.’ — is employed, with their ace in the hole being Reece Scruggs, whose sumptuously-phrased solos, balancing shred, fiery modal moves and soulful, blues bends will suck in everyone from guitar nerds to song-structure curmudgeons.”

Said Agnostic Front’s Roger Miret of the track “No Amnesty” in the April 2011 edition of Decibel Magazine’s Call & Response feature: “Thrash in the vein of Overkill, Nuclear Assault, Kreator etc. I don’t know if this is a new band or an old band’s new material, but it’s pretty kick ass!” About.com gave the record a 4/5 rating stating simply: “This is a damn good thrash album. Call it retro, new thrash revival or whatever, Havok have the chops and the ability to prove that they have the staying power to last in this genre,” while Hardrock Haven opined: “…for those who feel Metallica wussed out, Megadeth got too corporate, Anthrax too modern and Slayer too, well, the same as always, Havok should be a great reminder as to what made thrash so damn cool in the first place.”

In related news, a limited edition, hand-numbered, color vinyl pressing of TIME IS UP will be released via Restricted Release to coincide with the upcoming tour. Additionally, Havok will be shooting a new video for “D.O.A.” this month. Details to be unveiled soon. In case you missed it, check out the band’s video for “Covering Fire,” which was shot in Tyler, Texas, produced by Mike Gillespie and directed by Brian Jaynes. View the video here:

http://www.earsplitcompound.com/site/?p=3031

http://www.myspace.com/havok
http://www.facebook.com/HavokOfficial
http://www.candlelightrecordsusa.com/

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-Two Side Moon/SLW Promotions Update

Two Side Moon Promotions are excited to welcome to the team Ferreira.

Please find below the text press info for the new album ARE YOU IN?

Band: Ferreira
Album Title: ARE YOU IN?
Label: Independent (Playrec Productions with TSM promotions)
Street Date: July 1, 2011
Distribution: USA, Europe, Japan

Web:
http://www.reverbnation.com/ferreira

Produced by Marco Ferreira
Mixed and mastered by Marco Ferreira

About Ferreira

Ferreira is a hard rock band based in NY put together by Marco Ferreira (Vocal, Guit) and his brother Alex Ferreira (Drums, Vocals) in the veins of Harem Scarem, Ratt, Queen, Journey (you got the idea). Its debut album Ferreira – FALLEN HEROES was released in 2002 by Shire Records.

In 2006 Marco recorded with the French prog metal band Venturia the band’s debut album THE NEW KINGDOM in France by the label Lion Music.

2007 put together the band Goodbye Thrill with guitarist Dean Cramer and record the self-titled debut album by the label Kivel Records. Playing a few show along the way including the first Melodic Rock Fest in South Bend, Indiana aside with some great bands, to name a few names, Eric Martin (Mr. Big), Nelson, Survivor, Night Ranger, Joe Lynn Turner, Jeff Scott Soto, Mark Slaughter (Slaughter) …

2008 Marco recorded the second album of Venturia – HYBRID (Lion Music), this time in Switzerland. The album was released as a double CD/DVD with a live performance of the band in Geneva, Switzerland for TV network TSR.

2009 record and produced his second solo album WORKING OVERTIME by its own Playrec Productions.

2010 was a very busy year. In a four-month period released three albums and a DVD. First was the second Goodbye Thrill CD / DVD titled KEEPSAKES (Kivel Records), with a mix of new material, some acoustic versions and a re-mix by the mega producer (Beau Hill) of “Rainy Days” of the first album. The DVD including an acoustic show, music video of “Let Me Sleep” and scenes from shows and recordings. Next was the release of Ferreira’s third album BETTER RUN!! (Escape Music) and in a few weeks later the third Goodbye Thrill album OUTRAGEOUS (Kivel Records). All produced by Marco at Playrec Productions.

In the same year performed South Dakota Rock fest along with Skid Row, L.A. Guns, Bret Michaels, Enuff Z’Nuff, FireHouse, Dokken… And gain supporting Dokken in a show in Massachusetts, and later in Chicago for the Melodic Rock Fest II along wit Y&T, Winger, Danger Danger, Trixter, and many others.

2011 is back with a new Ferreira album titled ARE YOU IN?

Once againg Produced by Marco at Playrec Productions.

To be continued…

Musicians:
Marco Ferreira: Lead vocals, guitars and bass
Alex Ferreira: Drums, backing vocals

The Live Band Additional Performers:
Dario Seixas: Bass, backing vocals
Gus Monsanto: Guitar, backing vocals

Track Listing:
1. The More I Know (M.Ferreira)
2. Searching (M.Ferreira)
3. Tab Of Yesterdays (M.Ferreira)
4. Like A Glove (M.Ferreira)
5. Woman (M.Ferreira)
6. Are You In? (M.Ferreira)
7. Pay With Pain (M.Ferreira)
8. Out Of Love (M.Ferreira)
9. She’s Building A Fairy House (M.Ferreira)
10. Manner’s Song (M.Ferreira)
11. Send It On (M.Ferreira)

Two Side Moon Promotions are excited to welcome to the team Australian metaller’s Shift.

Please find below the text press info for the new album WATCH IT BURN.

Band: Shift
Album Title: WATCH IT BURN
Label: Independent ( http://www.dizzyheadmusic.com/ )
Street Date: Out Now
Genre: Alternative Metal

Web:
http://www.shiftband.net/
http://www.myspace.com/shiftmetal
http://www.youtube.com/user/shiftmetal
http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/shift4

Check the band out in the brand new issue of Metal Hammer!!

After appearing from nowhere with their debut EP FACELESS, having never played a live show, Shift burst onto the scene determined to do things their way… regardless of the consequences. The band’s plan was to make music for music’s sake and to build a following primarily through the use of media and the Internet by releasing four EPs in quick succession whilst making them available for free via http://www.shiftband.net/ to anyone who wanted them. One year since the band’s debut and thousands of fans later, Shift have released the second EP in the series.

Entitled WATCH IT BURN, the new EP is a collection of songs perhaps best described as eclectic modern metal. It builds on the reputation Shift have for combining a wide variety of heavy and not-so-heavy sounds by fluctuating between riff-laden onslaughts complete with guttural growls, to moments of delicate melody and tranquility. While this may lead newcomers to expect to find songs rich with moments of both light and shade… more often than not they’ll discover that Shift’s songs tread a fine line between shadow and utter darkness.

The variety of the lyrical content mirrors the variety of the music, with politically charged themes of anti-theism, revolution and censorship, such as “The 2 Minutes Hate” which takes its subject matter from George Orwell’s distopian novel “Nineteen Eighty-Four,” alongside songs of more macabre topics covering murder and double suicide, which share more in common with the likes of Nick Cave’s MURDER BALLADS. Rounding out the EP are two covers — “Dear God” by XTC and “In My World” by Anthrax — making it closer to a full-length album than an EP.

Formed in 2010 by front man and primary songwriter Rob Lambert, Shift was initially started as an outlet for several years worth of music that Rob had been tinkering with. With the aim of getting it off his hard drive and into the hands of the public he enlisted Kori Barnett to perform drum duties and gathered several bass players to act as session musicians. Kori quickly became more and more integral to the sound of the band, leading to the decision to make Shift more of a collaborative effort between Rob and Kori.

From the outset Shift has always been about the music and treading their own path through the twisted maze that is the music business. Noticing so many bands playing the same shows to the same people year in, year out, treading water and hoping for a break, Rob decided a different approach was needed and launched the band literally on day one armed with a website and an EP, no shows, not even a rehearsal. Using Internet and social media advertising, along with the ever popular offer of free music, helped to gain the band an initial following. The fan-base has been growing ever since, ensuring a ready and willing audience hungry for live shows.

Having only just released WATCH IT BURN, Shift aren’t resting, they are now concentrating on promoting the EP and are about to start work on the third EP in the series as well as putting together their first ever live show.

Band Lineup:
Rob Lambert
Kori Barnett – Drums
Duncan Millar

Track Listing:
1. Stand Against
2. Into The Whites Of Your Eyes
3. The March
4. Watch It Burn
5. On The Brink
6. Water On The Sun
7. The 2 Minutes Hate
8. Dear God (XTC cover)
9. In My World (Anthrax cover)

TSM/SLW Promotions
http://www.myspace.com/nickyaor
http://www.slwpromotions.com/

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-End Of Level Boss: London’s Relentless Rock Unit Releases New Video

Britain’s purveyors of eccentric rock and roll, End Of Level Boss, have just released a raging new video for the track “Thee Absurd,” the fourth song from the outfit’s newly-released third album, EKLECTRIC.

Instead of utilizing a well-known major rock video producer to capture their vision on film, the band went full-on D.I.Y. and filmed it themselves… only themselves. “The video was actually made by taping our cell phones to the wall of our jam room while we played,” states End Of Level Boss’s founding guitarist/vocalist Harry “Heck” Armstrong.

Check out the homemade action at this location:

http://www.earsplitcompound.com/site/?p=3048

Recently released via Exile On Mainstream Records, the End Of Level Boss’s trademark sound is magnified with even more free-flow surprises on EKLECTRIC. Introducing a new rhythm section from previous releases, EOLB’s flurry of angular, post-punk angst goes head-to-head with a progressive, technical attack, the album surging with nearly 54 minutes of relentless rock. Somewhere along the lines of “Kyuss meets King Crimson,” End Of Level Boss have branched into new directions, capturing the live energy and punk attitude of the band, with elements of Motörhead and Voivod smashing their way through the surface.

“End Of Level Boss’ nuanced technicality and righteously heavy tonality remain intact, as the track ‘Thee Absurd’ from EKLECTRIC shows.” – The Obelisk

“End Of Level Boss sound like End Of Level Boss, which is a compliment in and of itself. They have their own sound and their myriad genre crossovers invite fans in rather than shut them out.” – About.com

“… ten varied yet consistently excellent blasts of rock, freely experimenting yet never losing the listener.” – Metal Reviews

“…forget about using glitches or cheat codes; they will do nothing to weaken this twisted monolith waiting at the end of the experimental side of the doom/stoner metal alcove.” – Thrashpit

http://www.eolb.com/
http://www.facebook.com/endoflevelbossmusic
http://www.mainstreamrecords.de/
http://www.myspace.com/exileonmainstream

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-Wayne Static To Unleash New Solo Album

PIGHAMMER To Be Released October 4th On Dirthouse Records

HOLLYWOOD, CA — The Industrial Metal Machine front-man, Wayne Static returns with his first solo album of his most combustible work to date. PIGHAMMER, on Dirthouse Records, comes from the depth of Wayne Static’s darkest last year and brings to light his inner turmoil with an aggressive driving force of new music.

PIGHAMMER has a disarming raw quality of heavy driving guitar riffs and lyrics that will take hold of your bowels and into the mind of Static’s dark past and warped mind. This is blatant as the first single “Assassins Of Youth,” was inspired by Wayne Static’s last days of drugs and partying. “I wrote this song while living in a hotel room, listening to Pink Floyd, drinking Crown and doing whippits,” explains Static. “I started the song in that condition but never finished it until years later after dumping off the drugs. Now the song has a whole new meaning from when I started it.” “Assassins Of Youth” is an old-school term for drugs. The first verse is about doing drugs, the chorus is going dry and the second chorus is about getting off and no longer being slave to the drugs.

With Static’s transformation, his mind has creatively twisted to a side that he has waited to unleash! “The PIGHAMMER concept conjures up bizarre images,” Static explains. “It’s about a mad plastic surgeon, with a pig fetish, that likes to convert hot chicks into pigs. It is the total opposite if what a plastic surgeon would do. He has this crazy hammer device made from a pig foot. The images of the surgery in the CD package are only a dark comedic visualization of the real theme of the album, which is my transformation…”

Wayne Static’s career started with Static-X and their breakthrough debut, WISCONSIN DEATH TRIP, Static-X has sold over three million records, and they’ve completed numerous successful world tours including three Ozzfests, The Family Values Tour and Gigantour.

PIGHAMMER is the bastard child of Wayne Static’s transformation after a 12-year journey of metal annihilation. “It’s hard to believe that it’s 12 years since the release of WISCONSIN DEATH TRIP, and now my warped musical lunacy will take me down a new path of metal destruction. I’m looking forward to seeing you all on the upcoming fall tour.”

Track List:

1. Pighammer
2. Around The Turn
3. Assassins Of Youth
4. Thunder Invader
5. Static Killer
6. She
7. Get It Together
8. Chrome Nation
9. Shifter
10. Slave
11. The Creatures Are Everywhere
12. Behind The Sky

For more information go to http://www.facebook.com/waynestatic or http://www.waynestatic.com/ .

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-Fans Express Destructive Pleasure Via Five New Mortiis Re-mix Kits

OSLO, NORWAY — Mortiis has uploaded five new re-mix kits to the Mortiis Remixed website, making a total of eight songs available for fans to use and abuse.

The site ( http://remix.mortiis.com ) is a forum that allows anyone with access to music programs such as Live, Cubase, Logic, Garageband, and the like to download separated tracks and loops and create their own re-mixes.

“We got a bunch of mixes in return on the first batch of songs and we uploaded all the re-mixes to the player at Mortiis Remixed for everyone to hear,” Mortiis said. “We hope this will be as successful as it was last time around.”

As an added incentive for fans to destruct and reconstruct as creatively as they can, the group is considering pulling the best contributions for inclusion on a future download re-mix album.

“Some of the re-mixes we got from the fans last time were so creative that we think they could be worthy of having their own release,” Mortiis said. “It’s a great opportunity for us to encourage fans to stretch the limits of their imaginations and create something cool for us, as well as themselves.”

http://www.mortiis.com/
http://www.facebook.com/officialmortiis
http://www.flickr.com/officialmortiis
http://www.myspace.com/mortiis1
http://www.youtube.com/officialmortiis
http://www.twitter.com/mortiis
http://www.reverbnation.com/mortiis
http://www.myxer.com/mortiis
http://mortiisnews.blogspot.com/

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-Megaton Leviathan: Oregon Doom Gazers Announce Fall Tour With Wolves In The Throne Room

Band To Re-Release 2009 Demo On Limited Edition Vinyl

Portland, Oregon doom gazers, Megaton Leviathan, will embark upon a two-week East Coast tour with headliners Wolves In The Throne Room. Known for their elaborate stage productions and stunning live visuals, Megaton Leviathan takes its listeners on a ritualistic journey that transcends far beyond the boundaries of rock ‘n’ roll. The Celestial Lineage tour is set to commence on September 14, 2011 in Washington, DC, and will run in conjunction to the re-release of the band’s 2009 self-titled demo EP, now available on limited-edition vinyl through the band’s own Volatile Rock Records. Offering up 35-minutes of raw, ethereal riffing and postrock atmosphere, the re-mastered demo is limited to 500 copies.

Said the band in a collective statement: “We are very excited to announce that we will be joining our good friends, Wolves In The Throne Room, on a two-week leg of their upcoming North American Tour in support of their new album, CELESTIAL LINEAGE. It is especially thrilling because this tour has been booked DIY and we will be playing in underground and off-the-beaten-path spaces. This is very much in keeping with the way we wish to tour and share our vision. Looking forward to seeing some familiar faces — particularly the folks at the Little Hamilton in Nashville, and all you cats in Austin and New Orleans — and covering some new ground. Make sure to keep an eye on wittr.com for venue listings and directions.”

MEGATON LEVIATHAN The Celestial Lineage Tour 2011
w/ Wolves In The Throne Room:

9/14/2011 TBA – Washington, DC [check wittr.com for location]
9/15/2011 Broad Street Ministries – Philadelphia, PA
9/16/2011 TBA – Bethlehem, PA
9/17/2011 Strange Matter – Richmond, VA
9/18/2011 Legitimate Business – Greensboro NC
9/20/2011 JD’s – Sheffield, AL
9/21/2011 The Little Hamilton – Nashville, TN
9/22/2011 Magnetic Theater – Atlanta, GA
9/23/2011 The Chop Shop – St Petersburg, FL
9/24/2011 The Farside Collective – Tallahassee, FL
9/25/2011 TBA – New Orleans, LA [check wittr.com for location]
9/27/2011 TBA – Austin, TX [check wittr.com for location]

Check out live footage of the band in Austin here:

http://www.earsplitcompound.com/site/?p=3022

“The sound is ethereal doom/drone/ambient sonic vastness with beautiful hooks.” — Cosmic Hearse

http://megatonleviathan.com/
http://www.myspace.com/megatonleviathan

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-About Heavy Metal’s “Best Heavy Metal Albums Of 1987” and “Best Heavy Metal Albums Of 1988” lists are up at http://glclk.about.com/?zi=1/DK91 and http://glclk.about.com/?zi=1/DO9l , respectively.

-Check out reports of Black Country Communion’s recent UK gigs at O2 Academy venues in Leeds and Manchester, at these links:

http://bccommunion.com/news/bcc-wows-o2-academy-true-rock-performance/
http://bccommunion.com/news/manchester-o2-academy-bcc-show-lifetime/

See http://www.bccommunion.com/ for more.

-Further to the Edguy press release above, the green vinyl edition of the “Robin Hood” single is a numbered, 180g 12″ maxi LP that comes with a poster. See http://www.edguy.net/ for more.

-Toronto’s Fatality has new blog entries from its Western Annihilation Tour posted at http://fatalitythrash.blogspot.com/ . See http://www.facebook.com/pages/FATALITY/97224729901 and http://www.myspace.com/fatalitythrashf*ck for more.

-Firewind — Apollo Papathanasio on vocals, Gus G. on guitar, Petros Christo on bass, Bob Katsionis on keyboards and guitar, and Michael Ehre on drums — is set to tour the UK and North America. The “Defiance Over Europe” Tour 2011 with Wolf, as presented by Blackstar Amplification, Rock Hard (Germany), Rock Tribune (Benelux) and Lords Of Metal (Benelux) is as follows:

9/9 – Talking Head, Southampton, UK
9/10 – Moho, Manchester, UK
9/11 – Cathouse, Glasgow, Scotland
9/12 – Sub 89, Reading, UK
9/14 – Boerderij, Zoetermeer, The Netherlands
9/15 – W2, Den Bosch, The Netherlands
9/16 – Rock Temple, Kerkrade, The Netherlands
9/17 – Biebob, Vosselaar, Belgium
9/18 – Underground, Cologne, Germany
9/19 – Colos Saal, Aschaffenburg, Germany
9/20 – Knust, Hamburg, Germany
9/22 – Szene, Vienna, Austria
9/23 – Revolver Club, San Dona Di Piave, Italy
9/24 – Borderline, Pisa, Italy
9/26 – Le Nouveau Casino, Paris, France

Then “The Frets Of Fury” North American Tour 2011 with Arsis, White Wizzard, and Nightrage is as follows:

10/9 – The State Theater, St. Petersburg, FL
10/10 – Masquerade, Atlanta, GA
10/11 – Jaxx, Springfield, VA
10/12 – Gramercy Theater, New York, NY
10/13 – Wally’s, Hampton, NH
10/14 – Les Foufounes Electriques, Montreal, QC
10/15 – Maverick’s, Ottawa, ON
10/16 – Peabody’s, Cleveland, OH
10/18 – Mojoe’s, Joliet, IL
10/19 – Station 4, St. Paul, MN
10/20 – The Osborne Village Inn, Winnipeg, MB
10/21 – Pawn Shop, Edmonton, AB
10/22 – Sapphire Nightclub, Kelowna, BC
10/23 – Rickshaw Theater, Vancouver, BC
10/24 – Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
10/25 – Hawthorne Theater, Portland, OR
10/26 – Slim’s, San Francisco, CA
10/27 – The Whisky A Go Go, Hollywood, CA

Check out a tour trailer at http://kmsrox.com/Press_Releases/Entries/2011/8/2_Firewind_Tour.html , get tickets at http://www.firewind.gr/2008/tour.html , and see http://www.firewind.gr/ for more.

-Foreigner’s March 2011 show at the Arcada Theater in St. Charles, IL, is airing on select PBS stations; see http://www.foreigneronline.com/news.html?n_id=741 for a complete schedule. A DVD of the show will also be included with FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME, a new collection due out September 13 through Walmart and Walmart.com. The PBS and DVD versions have “exclusive performances unique to each,” though, per the band’s website.

-Check out Graveyard’s new song “Lost In Confusion,” from the upcoming re-release of the band’s self-titled debut, at http://listn.to/Graveyard and http://www.myspace.com/graveyardsongs . Hype: “After the huge success of the Nuclear Blast debut HISINGEN BLUES — hailed as a downright masterpiece of Classic Rock on the part of the international press and fans — the re-release of the equally terrific debut album GRAVEYARD now follows. Nine flawless compositions — penned by true masters of their craft and refined with the nostalgic charm of old-time’s handmade rock music. Look forward to the 19th of August, when the album will come into stores via Nuclear Blast and Graveyard will hog your ears once again for many, many hours!”

-Grönholm’s video for “Out From The Nest,” from SILENT OUT LOUD, is available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hHiwpLqdS9U . The album is out September 16 through Lion Music and “is home to 10 tracks full of infectious vocal melodies over dynamic musical backdrops.” See http://www.gronholmband.com/ and http://www.myspace.com/mikagronholm for more.

-Iron Lamb’s THE ORIGINAL SIN is due September 27 on Pulverized Records. The band of “Swedish rock ‘n’ roll punks” consists of Johan Wallin (General Surgery, Scurvy, Bombstrike, ex-Repugnant), Grga Lindström (ex-Repugnant), Thomas Daun (Dismember, ex-Repugnant, ex-Insision), and Daniel Ekeroth (Tyrant, ex-Insision, ex-Dellamorte, author of “Swedish Death Metal”). The album features a cover of Motorhead’s “Poison” and artwork/layout by Lindström and Watain’s Erik Danielsson of Trident Arts. See http://www.myspace.com/ironlambofficial for more.

-Karma To Burn’s upcoming North American tour dates, in support of V (Napalm Records):

8/23 – Burt’s Tiki Lounge, Salt Lake City, UT
8/24 – 3 Kings Tavern, Denver, CO
8/25 – Blue Lounge, Wichita, KS
8/26 – Jake’s Downtown Lounge, Tulsa, OK
8/27 – Slammin’ Salmon, Lafayette, LA
8/28 – Siberia, New Orleans, LA
8/30 – Tremont Music Hall, Charlotte, NC
8/31 – Star Bar, Atlanta, GA
9/1 – One Stop Deli / Music Hall, Asheville, NC
9/2 – Shamrock’s, Huntington, WV
9/3 – The Green Lantern, Lexington, KY
9/4 – 123 Pleasant Street, Morgantown, WV
9/5 – Krug’s Place, Frederick, MD
9/6 – The Saint, Asbury Park, NJ
9/7 – Great Scott, Allston, MA
9/8 – St. Vitus Bar, Brooklyn, NY
9/9 – The Outpost, Kent, OH
9/10 – Sound Factory, Charleston, WV
9/21 – Rock And Roll Hotel, Washington, DC
9/22 – Jewish Mother, Virginia Beach, VA
9/24 – Evil Robotothon @ Mad Hatter, Covington, KY
9/26 – Frankies Inner City, Toledo, OH

See http://www.k2b.com/ and http://www.napalmrecords.com/ for more.

-Kiss leaders Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons are reportedly at work on a memoir entitled “Nothin’ To Lose” that will include “never-before-published photos” plus interviews with former band mates Ace Frehley and Peter Criss. Stanley will participate in Rock N Roll Fantasy Camp’s 14th Anniversary Celebration, which runs from November 10-13 in Hollywood, CA, and includes a “Final Night Concert” at the Playboy Mansion with Stanley. And on August 9, Stanley’s wife Erin Sutton gave birth to a baby girl named Emily Grace; she is the couple’s third child, and Stanley’s fourth overall. See http://www.paulstanley.com/ and http://www.kissonline.com/ for more.

-Kreyson’s 1992 album CRUSADERS has been reissued by Ulterium Records. Track list: “Pilgrimage,” “Crusaders,” “Commandments,” “No Bad Thing,” “Still,” “Stay A Moment,” “Forgiveness,” “Cries,” “Give Me Hope,” “The Prisoner.” Hype: “2011, Re-release of this classic metal album from the Czech heavy metal band Kreyson. Originally released in 1992. CRUSADERS sold gold in Czech Republic during the first year of its release. New artwork for the re-release created by Felipe Machado Franco (Blind Guardian, Rhapsody Of Fire, Iced Earth). Check out clips of three songs at http://musicbuymail.eu/?i=34428 .

-TMZ.com reported former Warrant singer Jani Lane was found dead yesterday, August 11, at the Comfort Inn in Woodland Hills, CA. He was 47 years old and is survived by a wife and four children. Last month he taped an episode of VH1 Classic’s “That Metal Show” with Stryper’s Michael Sweet and Faster Pussycat’s Taime Downe, which is scheduled to air October 1, and he reportedly was working on an album with producer Dito Godwin.

-Michael Monroe’s new video for “78,” from the upcoming SENSORY OVERDRIVE, can be seen at http://www.noisecreep.com/2011/08/01/michael-monroe-78-video/ . See http://www.michaelmonroe.com/ for more.

-Poison’s Bret Michaels will headline the third annual XSport Fitness Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago Half Marathon, which benefits the American Cancer Society, on August 14. Hype: “The XSport Fitness Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago Half Marathon benefiting the American Cancer Society will feature live bands, cheerleaders and a block party atmosphere as runners tour the Second City’s best sights and scenic landmarks. Michaels will take the stage at the finish line festival in Grant Park immediately following the race where runners will celebrate after running along a high energy, action packed course.” See http://www.competitor.com/ , http://www.acsdetermination.org/ , and http://www.bretmichaels.com/ for more.

-A live version of Sabaton’s “Swedish Pagans,” from the just-released WORLD WAR LIVE – BATTLE OF THE BALTIC SEA (Nuclear Blast), is available at http://www.facebook.com/sabaton and http://www.myspace.com/sabaton . Hype: “It’s anything but a secret that the Swedish six are a stunner on stage. Now their concentrated live power was captured on a record for the very first time, which will provide an authentic concert atmosphere for your living rooms from August on.” See http://www.sabaton.net/ for more.

-Tribunal Records’ digital catalog has just been re-launched with a new service provider. The label is currently offering “deep discounts” on back catalog titles and has now made available some out-of-print titles. Check out the Releases and Discography pages at http://www.tribunalrecords.net/home/releases and http://www.tribunalrecords.net/home/discography , respectively, for more.

-Y&T’s song “Dirty Girl” will appear in the film “Machine Gun Preacher,” starring Gerard Butler and scheduled for a September 23 release in the US. See http://www.YandTRocks.com/ and http://www.meniketti.com/ for more.

Thanks to Nancy B. Sayle, Nathan Birk, Music Buy Mail, Matt Rudzinski, Chad Bowar, Liz Ciavarella-Brenner, Jon Asher, Kimmie M. Sharon, and Jeff “747” Adee for help gathering some of this information.

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*** ROCK HARD RIDE FREE ***
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by Tim Wadzinski (tsw512@yahoo.com)

-I was at a game convention last weekend and played in a Kiss-themed role-playing game. The system was TSR’s old Marvel Superheroes RPG from the ’80s, and the scenario — entitled “KISS-Tastrophe” — had four players teaming up, as the Marvel comics’ superhero versions of Kiss, to defend a concert hall from attack by a trio of super villains in 1976. The guy running the game was in full DRESSED TO KILL-era Gene Simmons getup — makeup, wig, and business suit. Pretty funny. He augmented the game with Kiss songs on his iPad and iPhone, used a noisemaker to shoot confetti all over the table when the in-game concert started, and brought hand-painted Kiss miniatures that we moved around the tabletop. I played Ace Frehley and the highlight was electrocuting Doctor Octopus onstage with my “Shock Me” electrifying grasp. 🙂 My buddy Jeff played Paul Stanley and used his hypnotic charms to keep Hobgoblin at bay while the rest of us fought. The game was run by an organization called the Dead Game Society; check them out at http://www.dgsociety.com/ . It was pretty cool and fun.

-Awesome — two separate press releases above used the phrase “hence the title.” Where did that phrase come from? I remember jokingly using it a lot in college 20 years ago; it’s so wonderfully pretentious, and I crack up at the thought of rocker dudes and dudettes using the word “hence.” Yeah, I know I’m weird but it’s still funny.

-That Sweden Rock Cruise lineup looks, um, odd. Exodus, Anvil, Dark Funeral, Hell, and… Helix. “One of these things is not like the other / One of these things is TOTALLY DIFFERENT!”

-Okay, so, Megaton Leviathan *had* to get its name from the lyrics to Judas Priest’s “Delivering The Goods,” right? Right?!

-That Metal For Cancer All-Star Project sure sounds cool. Please support it in whatever way you can.

-I’m sure glad Saxon’s CALL TO ARMS is getting a US release and supporting tour. Long live Saxon!

-I actually a guy wearing a The Lord Weird Slough Feg T-shirt last weekend. Very cool.

-In my current playlist: Seven Witches – CALL UPON THE WICKED (FrostByte Records), Shakra – BACK ON TRACK (AFM Records), Borealis – FALL FROM GRACE (Lion Music), Tyr – THE LAY OF THRYM (Napalm Records).

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*** REVIEWS ***
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WILL ROMANO – MOUNTAINS COME OUT OF THE SKY: THE ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF PROG ROCK (BOOK) (A) Backbeat Books, 2010
246 Pages
[ http://www.backbeatbooks.com/ ]
This is actually the first book I’ve reviewed for Detritus, and I’m happy to say that this is a real gem. “Mountains Come Out Of The Sky” provides a great overview of the history of progressive rock, and it’s one that hardcore connoisseurs, casual fans and those just getting into the genre can appreciate. The book starts off strong with a great foreword by none other than Bill Bruford, drummer extraordinaire and no stranger to the world of prog rock, having been the first to sit behind the drum kit of one of the greatest progressive artists, Yes. Following an interesting exploration of exactly what prog is, Mr. Romano wastes no time getting into the bands, including the foundational work of The Beatles, Frank Zappa, Pink Floyd, Procol Harum and The Moody Blues. The golden age of prog rock is very well represented, with entire chapters on not only obvious inclusions such as Yes, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Genesis and Jethro Tull, but some of the lesser known artist like Camel, Gentle Giant and UK. Of course there are excellent entries on Rush and US contributors to the prog scene such as Kansas and Styx, completed by the neo-prog movement of the early ’80s as defined by Marillion along with modern, prog metal entities like Dream Theater and Symphony X. Exhaustively researched and lavishly illustrated, “Mountains Come Out Of The Sky” is a feast for the eyes and brain, and definitely belongs in the library of anyone who appreciates the creativity, virtuosity, complexity and beauty of progressive rock music.
– Neal Woodall (MysticX9@gmail.com)

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*** FEEDBACK ***
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1. From: tmojoman@hotmail.com (Michael Tomanek)
Re: Alterbridge- BLACKBIRD

Tim,

I also had dismissed Alterbridge when they first came out, due to the trauma Creed had inflicted upon me in the late 90’s. But…after hearing “Rise Again” a few years ago on 95.1, I was completely taken in by the songwriting and Myles Kennedy’s amazing voice & vocal range. I bought BLACKBIRD and was totally blown away. I would say there are at least three hard rock classics on that album, including “Brand New Start” and “Wayward One.” Highly recommended album.

Take care!

-Michael.

[Awesome man, thanks for the tip! – Tim]

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